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Mar 18, 2007 03:35 PM

BJ's in Valley stream opened yesterday

Just came from BJ's in Valley Stream, across from Home Depot and Wal-Mart. Big disappointment, like Costco just less. Selection similar, no surprises to distinguish themselves from Costco. From a kosher point of view, nothing to lure kosher consumer to their store. No attempt to capitalize on the approaching Passover holiday, plus, unlike Costco, their bakery section is not kosher.

Threw out money on membership.

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  1. There is a BJ's in the gateway shopping center off the Belt Parkway, when it opened I paid for the year, no reason not to just go to costco.

    1. I can't say I'm surprised. The only kosher in VS is the Dunkin Donuts on Sunrise Highway which in and of itself is only kosher because its owned by the same guy that owns the one on Rockaway Blvd in Lawrence. I just don't think that there is that much kosher traffic in the area, notwithstanding the fact that it is almost on the border of the ever expanding brooklyn east (aka the 5 towns).

      1. My guess is that if people in the Five Towns area-- including Far Rockaway, West Hempstead, North Woodmere, and VS, etc. knew about the recent opening of BJ's they'd go and speak to a manager about the availability of kosher products.

        1. Every time I've been to the DD on Sunrise Highway i've seen other frum people there.

          1. Yes, that's because they (myself included) know that it's there. The parking situation is better than Lawrence. There's a Drive-Thru if you're in a rush. It's open 24 hours and is pretty quiet late nights. (Oh, and it's closer to where I live) [People from West Hempstead were also known to go there before their campaign for their own kosher DD]