Add one more to the cart Area wholesale clubs to get new rival with BJ’s

BJ’s Wholesale Club plans to open its first South Carolina store in Summerville next year.

Costco and Sam’s Club soon will get some Lowcountry warehouse store competition.

BJ’s Wholesale Club is planning a new 87,000-square-foot store at the end of Jockey Court near Comfort Suites and Wal-Mart in Summerville as its only store in South Carolina.

Construction could begin in December on the 21-acre site near Interstate 26 at the Summerville exit, with an opening in late 2016.

“We are excited to be part of the growth in Summerville and look forward to bringing the BJ’s Club experience and savings to the market,” said company spokeswoman Maria Fruci.

The project is making its way through the town’s project review process.

The new BJ’s is up for final approval by the Commercial Design Review Board on Sept. 17, and the Planning Commission will consider a request to annex 18.5 acres of the tract and zone it for general business on Sept. 21. The site is in an unincorporated part of Berkeley County for planned development-mixed use.

It will include about 400 parking spaces in a site being developed by GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, Tenn. An environmental filing in February called for filling 2.4 acres of wetlands near Sawmill Branch.

BJ’s currently has more than 200 stores in 15 states. The closest one is in Charlotte.

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Costco operates off Savannah Highway at Interstate 526 in West Ashley, and Sam’s Club is in North Charleston near Tanger Outlets.

Note: BJ’s once had a store near Greenville.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524.