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BJ’s expands New York presence with pair of new clubs

BJ’s Wholesale Club opened its 220th and 221st locations late last month with new clubs in Long Island City and Newburgh, N.Y.

The 79,000-square-foot club in Long Island City, located at 34-60 48th St., in the New York City borough of Queens, opened to the public on Jan. 29, a week after the opening of the 89,000-square-foot club at 401 Auto Park Place in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of Manhattan.

The two new clubs mark BJ’s 44th and 45th locations in New York, with the Long Island City store being the chain’s ninth New York City location.

“We’re excited to expand our footprint here in New York with the opening of our newest club in Long Island City,” Antonio Ramos, general manager of the Long Island City BJ’s, said in a statement. “Our team members have worked tirelessly to prepare for the club opening, and we’re so excited to bring a safe and convenient shopping experience to the local community.”

Both the Long Island City and Newburgh clubs offer a wide assortment of fresh foods, a full-service deli and household essentials such as paper and cleaning products, diapers and pet care supplies. As in other BJ’s locations, members also will find a “treasure hunt experience” at the new New York clubs, including a selection of family apparel and footwear, seasonal items, toys, consumer electronics and an array of local products.

The Newburgh club also has a BJ’s Gas station, the chain’s 150th fuel location. Club members who enroll in the BJ’s Gas Savings Program can save 10 cents per gallon by building up points through purchases of selected daily essential items, which are marked with the High Octane icon in-store and on The gas savings can be stacked over multiple shopping trips.

“We’re excited to open the BJ’s Gas location in Newburgh so our members can fill up their tank at an unbeatable value,” commented Craig Lombardi, general manager of BJ’s in Newburgh. “Members will be able to save time and money on everything they need, from household essentials and fresh food to gas and tires, all in one convenient location.”

BJ’s touts everyday low prices of 25% less than grocery store prices for national-brand household staples. The company said that it’s the only warehouse club that accepts all manufacturers’ coupons, and its stores offer more fresh food than other wholesale clubs, including produce, meat, deli and bakery items. E-commerce options include buy-online-pickup-in-club, curbside pickup and same-day grocery delivery.

“We’re thrilled to expand our presence in New York and bring outstanding value and savings to families in Long Island City and Newburgh,” BJ’s President and CEO Lee Delaney stated when announcing the new clubs this past summer. “BJ’s brings a fresh approach to the wholesale club experience by providing our members with outstanding value and convenience on everything they need for their family.”

Currently, Westborough, Mass.-based BJ’s operates 221 membership warehouse clubs and 150 fuel stations in 17 Eastern states.

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