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BJ’s Wholesale Club to open market concept in Rhode Island

The concept market, which is approximately half the size of a full-sized BJ’s store, will feature product assortments, displays, product demonstrations and convenience initiatives.

BJ’s Wholesale Club is opening a new concept club in Warwick, R.I. on May 6.

Located at 375 East Ave., this new concept store will be approximately half the size of a full-sized BJ’s store — 43,000 sq. ft.

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Designed to house top-selling fresh foods, produce, sundries and seasonal products for the warehouse club’s members, this new design was created to offer shoppers a convenient and efficient shopping experience, the retailer said.

“BJ’s market will serve as an exciting new innovation lab for BJ’s Wholesale Club,” said Bill Werner, executive vice president of strategy and development. “We are bringing the same great savings and value our members know and love, but delivering a convenient location closer to home.”

Featured in this new market concept will be testing of exciting product assortments, displays, product demonstrations and convenience initiatives. Product offerings will include brands synonymous with the retailer, as well as its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands.

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In addition, at this BJ’s market, members will find the same pack sizes and pricing as BJ’s clubs, as well as the same convenient shopping options including curbside pickup, express pay and same-day delivery, the company said.

Existing members also will have access to BJ’s market immediately. New members who sign up will be given access to all of the warehouse clubs, as well as gas stations.

To celebrate the opening of this new location, BJ’s Charitable Foundation is supporting the local Rhode Island community through monetary and food donations. To date, the company has donated $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick and $15,000 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

The food bank donation is part of the retailer’s Feeding Communities program, which is a food rescue partnership where unsold perishable foods are donated to Feeding America member food banks in its footprint to help get wholesome foods onto the plates of families.

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“We are so thankful for BJ’s generous donation and can’t wait to welcome them to our Warwick Community,” said Lara D’Antuono, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick. “Donations like this are critical to the success of the programs that we run for our youth and we are thrilled to receive BJ’s support.”

News of the concept club opening comes several months after the company shared its store opening plans for the year 2022, which also included Florida, Michigan and New York stores.

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