SEABROOK – BJ’s Wholesale Club is the latest major brand to join Seabrook’s Route 1 line of shopping attractions for residents on both sides of the state border.
“We think the Seabrook community is a great fit for us,” said Jennie Hardin, vice president of corporate communications for the Westborough, Massachusetts-based company. “We have found this place and we feel good about it. “
Located on the southbound lane of Route 1 near Exit 1 of Interstate 95, the new BJ is slated to open on Friday. This is Granite State’s sixth store, which also includes outlets in Portsmouth and Salem.
BJ’s fills the gap in the diversity of the Seabrook market created when Walmart’s wholesale option, Sam’s Club, left town a few years ago. Located off Route 107 and I-95, the former location of Sam’s Club on Bachelder Road is now C&J Bus Lines’ newest terminal, providing transportation to and from Logan Airport, Boston and beyond.
Located a stone’s throw from the Massachusetts border and its northeastern population centers, BJ’s takes its place among a strong and established competition, such as Seabrook’s two Market Basket grocery stores and a Super Walmart.
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In the past few months, the wholesale club has hired 120 employees, Hardin said, and continues to hire. While the salary depends on positions and experience, according to Hardin, like others in the tight New Hampshire job market, the starting hourly wage at Seabrook BJ is $ 15. In addition, she said, the company is offering a sign-up bonus of $ 2,500 to new employees at the Seabrook club.
According to Hardin, all employees receive vacation and sick leave, and those who work at least 30 hours a week are eligible for medical and dental benefits.
“We are also committed to providing our team members with excellent career growth and comprehensive benefits,” she said.
At the head of the BJ’s Seabrook club is JoAnn Hebert as general manager, said Hardin, a woman with long experience in the company.
The company is offering a benefit to potential club members with the opening of the Seabrook club. The cost of a basic annual membership is reduced to $ 25 instead of $ 55, for those who register before Friday, July 2. And if members are not happy with the company after joining, the cost is refundable, she said.
But according to Hardin, those who purchase one of BJ’s Wholesale Club’s annual membership offers will enjoy multiple benefits.
“We strive to be a one-stop-shop,” she said. “We offer value and convenience. We are the perfect place for a family to do all of their weekly shopping.
Inside the 89,000 square foot store, consumers find a variety of options, from brand name products to BJ’s Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms brands. Merchandise includes all types of electronics on display, from TVs to tablets, computers to cellphones, with BJ’s partnership with ATT.
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There is a special area for buying and installing tires, as well as getting an eye exam and purchasing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Tall shelves hold small and not-so-small household appliances, gardening supplies, toys, clothing, linens, health and beauty items, school supplies and – in the era of COVID-19 – cleaning needs.
And among wholesale clubs, Hardin said, BJ’s grocery offerings stand out because the packaging comes in smaller units, instead of just the giant economy size. For example, she said, a packet of fresh peppers from BJ only includes four peppers.
“We are different from other wholesale clubs with our fresh produce and family size packaging,” she said. “And we’re the only wholesale club with a full-service grocery store, and our meat cutters will cut to order at no additional cost. “
She said members of BJ’s club receive a book of promotions and coupons in the mail every few weeks – with similar coupons offered digitally on her website. Hardin said BJ’s also accepts coupons from manufacturers. Club members can even “stack coupons,” she said, by pairing a BJ coupon with a manufacturer coupon for additional savings.
In the near future, once the legal issues are resolved, Seabrook BJ’s also plans to offer gasoline to its members nearby.
“Gas is something that we are considering to expand our footprint,” Hardin said. “It is a strategic priority for the club.
Recognizing the new pandemic trend of online shopping, Hardin said, Seabrook’s new site was built to allow curbside pickup for orders through its bjs.com site, as well as same day delivery.
“Our online shopping, club pickup and curbside pickup services are both free to members,” Hardin said. “For same day delivery, members can purchase products at club prices and have their order delivered to their home in as little as two hours for a delivery charge of $ 14.99.”
BJ’s had intended to open a club in Seabrook for a few years, with the mall receiving conditional approval from the Planning Council in February 2018. However, a number of issues held developers back during site preparation and development. access process. And then the pandemic took its toll on construction time.
During that time, Hardin had no complaints about local officials.
“We really appreciate the support the city has given us,” she said. “We had (City Manager) Bill Manzi and the selection men here (Wednesday) for our ribbon cut. “
And now that the club has settled into the community, Hardin said, he plans to be a good neighbor. BJ’s is a longtime partner of the New Hampshire Food Bank, which supplies produce to local pantries statewide.
“Through our food committee, we donate unsold perishable food to the New Hampshire Food Bank several times a week,” Hardin said. “Last year our BJ’s clubs donated 140,000 pounds of food to the New Hampshire Food Bank.”