Jan. 29, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
BJ’s Wholesale Club opened its new Long Island City store Friday, the company has announced.
The bulk goods warehouse chain opened today at 34-60 48th St., and is offering an extensive selection of fresh food and household essentials like paper products, cleaning products, diapers and pet supplies.
The store will also sell an assortment of family fashionwear, seasonal items, toys, electronic goods and a selection of local products. The store also features a deli and a bakery.
BJ’s Wholesale Club requires customers to become a member to shop. The national chain sells grocery items in bulk for about 25 percent lower than regular grocery store prices, according to a company release.
The store is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Antonio Ramos, general manager of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Long Island City, said he was happy to finally unveil the new store.
“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,” Ramos said.
The company said it is taking extra precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect store customers and team members.
Workers are carrying out enhanced cleaning procedures and sanitization supplies are also being provided to customers and staff.
Mask are required to be worn and social distancing rules are being encouraged through various signs and overhead audio announcements. Plexiglass barriers have also be installed throughout the store.
Furthermore, staff are having their temperatures checked before they start work and will be sent home if they record a high reading. BJ’s is also providing staff with PPE like gloves, safety glasses and face shields.
The news store marks the company’s third Queens location, adding to its Middle Village and Flushing outlets.
This is great news, but why not Wal mart as well? Construction of a new Wal mart can provide work for construction contractors and their employees. Once opened, there are employment opportunities for many workers. Many New Yorkers including students, housewives, heads of single family households, senior citizens and others currently out of work along with those who have given up looking could find employment. The city would benefit by millions in sales, payroll and real-estate tax revenue which could help fund essential municipal services everyone desires.
Wal mart is the nation’s largest private sector employer with over 1,200,000 employees and growing each year. Tens of millions of Americans including many fellow New Yorkers own stock in Wal mart. The same is true for the various retirement and pension plans many people participate in.
Several hundred thousand New Yorkers work off the books, full- and part-time with no benefits. Many existing retailers pay minimum wage with no benefits. These same public officials opposing Wal mart never talk about these abuses.
The free enterprise system made our nation great. Economic growth and the creation of wealth comes from businesses— small and large. Consumers shopping at Wal mart get a bigger bang for the buck by being able to compare prices, quality and service to other stores.
Consumers have voted, with their feet, all over America making Wal mart the number one retail merchant success story it is today. It is time to allow Wal mart the opportunity to compete in the NYC marketplace as well!
For those “Politically Correct”, don’t shop at Walmart, but give everyone else a choice.