Jan. 29, 2021 By Michael Dorgan
BJ’s Wholesale Club opened its new Long Island City store Friday, the company has announced.
The bulk goods warehouse chain opened today at 34-60 48th St., and is offering an extensive selection of fresh food and household essentials like paper products, cleaning products, diapers and pet supplies.
The store will also sell an assortment of family fashionwear, seasonal items, toys, electronic goods and a selection of local products. The store also features a deli and a bakery.
BJ’s Wholesale Club requires customers to become a member to shop. The national chain sells grocery items in bulk for about 25 percent lower than regular grocery store prices, according to a company release.
The store is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Antonio Ramos, general manager of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Long Island City, said he was happy to finally unveil the new store.
“Our team members have worked tirelessly to prepare for the club opening and we’re so excited to bring a safe and convenient shopping experience to the local community,” Ramos said.
The company said it is taking extra precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect store customers and team members.
Workers are carrying out enhanced cleaning procedures and sanitization supplies are also being provided to customers and staff.
Mask are required to be worn and social distancing rules are being encouraged through various signs and overhead audio announcements. Plexiglass barriers have also be installed throughout the store.
Furthermore, staff are having their temperatures checked before they start work and will be sent home if they record a high reading. BJ’s is also providing staff with PPE like gloves, safety glasses and face shields.
The news store marks the company’s third Queens location, adding to its Middle Village and Flushing outlets.