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BJ's Wholesale Club

BJ's Wholesale Club plans to build a new store in Myrtle Beach. The company's only other South Carolina store in Summerville (above) opened in 2017. File/Staff

MYRTLE BEACH — The members-only shopping business is about to become a little more competitive along the Grand Strand.

BJ's Wholesale Club plans to build a new store off U.S. Highway 501 at Las Palmas and Rodeo drives west of Carolina Bays Parkway, according to plans submitted to state environmental regulators.

BJ's Wholesale Club Myrtle Beach

BJ's Wholesale Club plans to build a new store off U.S. Highway 501 in Myrtle Beach. The site is at Las Palmas and Rodeo drives. Map/S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control/Development Resource Group

Lloyd Lords, vice president of construction and facilities at BJ's, has applied for a stormwater permit to build a 103,005-square-foot building and fuel station on 12.11 acres. No wetlands are included in the site, according to the application.

The site will include 504 parking spaces. The property is owned by TDC 501 Group LLC of Lawrenceville, Ga., according to Horry County land records.

A company representative did not immediately respond for comment on the projected construction and opening timeframes for the new store.

When completed, BJ's will compete with Sam's Club and Costco Wholesale in the Myrtle Beach area. Both are located east of U.S. Highway 17 within five miles of the future BJ's site.

The new store will be the second for BJ's in South Carolina. Its other Palmetto State location is in Summerville. It opened in 2017.

Massachusetts-based BJ's has 237 stores in 20 states with 6.5 million members and $16.7 billion in annual sales, according to the company's website.

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