BJ's - Members-only warehouse club
BJ's is a chain of membership-only warehouse clubs headquartered in Westborough, MA. With exclusive membership comes great perks like a wide selection of products for the home and office, from electronics and computers to furniture and decor. Members enjoy savings of more than 30% off supermarket prices on items like fresh and frozen foods, cheeses and snacks, just to name a few. Along with nationally-recognized brands, BJ's also sells its own products through private labels such as Earth's Pride, a line of organic grocery products, Lanesboro, its own brand of apparel, and Rozzano, a line of Italian Foods. The company boasts more than nine million members who shop in its 200-plus locations across 15 states, mostly along the east coast.
BJ's - The Northeast's "Club"
Given BJ's roots in New England, it's no wonder that the company enjoys a strong foothold in the region. Founded in 1984 by Mervyn Weich, an executive from the discount department store chain Zayre, the first store opened in Medford, MA under the name BJ's Wholesale Club, inspired by his daughter Beverly Jean's initials. Membership was first opened to public servants such as government workers and hospital and bank employees, but by 1993 the company had a total of 52 stores. Today, a BJ's membership is available to anyone over the age of 18. The company is privately held but still keeps its headquarters right outside of Boston, and remains as the leading wholesale retailer in the Northeast, reporting annual sales of over $11 billion and employing over 25,000 team members.