A new discount, members-only warehouse store is seeking to open its doors in Northeast Columbia.
BJ’s Wholesale Club has an application before Richland County government to tear down a vacant 200,000-square-foot former manufacturing plant along Sparkleberry Lane Extension.
The county’s planning and zoning staff has recommended approval of the project to be located at 1117 Sparkleberry Lane Extension on 14-plus acres that includes a vacant lot, said Geonard Price, the county’s deputy director for planning and zoning. But County Council postponed a vote until next month.
The site is off Two Notch Road and about a mile from the Village at Sandhill.
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BJ’s Wholesale has more than 200 stores in 15 states along the East Coast, including one in Charlotte as well as in Georgia and Florida.
A spokeswoman for the company told an online business publication the company is “actively pursuing a location in Columbia.”
BJ’s market – name-brand products at wholesale prices – is the same target customer as Sam’s Club and Costco Wholesale. Sam’s has two locations in the Columbia market. Costco has flirted with opening a store in the metropolitan area, but nothing firm has resulted.