The members-only shopping business is about to become a little more competitive in the Charleston area.
BJ's Wholesale Club will have the grand opening for its only South Carolina store June 10 in Summerville. A soft opening is set for Saturday at 9 a.m.
It will become the third player in the membership wholesale market in the local region.
Sam's Club, part of the Wal-Mart retail empire, and Costco already operate in the Charleston market. Both are eyeing expansions in the area.
Sam's Club is looking to build on a new site in the Nexton community along Interstate 26 in Summerville while Costco has its sights on a tract in Carolina Park off U.S. Highway 17 in northern Mount Pleasant. No announcement has been made about the Costco expansion.
Massachusetts-based BJ's opened the gas pumps a couple of weeks ago at the new 87,000-square-foot store at the end of Jockey Court off U.S. Highway 17A. The company plans to employ more than 210 workers in Summerville.
Privately held BJ's currently operates 214 stores in 15 states from Maine to Florida and employs more than 25,000. The Summerville location will be its 215th in 16 states and complete its presence in every state on the East Coast.
Its membership fee is $45 for 14 months through June 10. Afterward, the charge goes to $50 annually.
Costco this week raised its basic membership fee to $60 from $55.