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.
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.