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Jan 23, 2012 08:23 AM

BJ's Wholesale Club expanding

I was somewhat surprised to hear that BJ's is opening a new store in Gainesville VA, a booming area in the far western suburbs of DC. I am very curious to see what a new BJ's looks like -- the one I still go to occasionally in Fair Lakes VA is about 20 years old.

My regular stop is Costco because we have one much closer, but for certain things, such as canned fruits and vegetables, I still make a monthly BJ's run, and look forward to trying their new store.

Given the suburban family population in the Gainesville area, this store really should do very well. There's also a Wegmans out there now too. Fifteen years ago when you thought about Gainesville, it was a railroad crossing on US 29. Now it has the Jiffy Lube Live concert venue, thousands of homes, and some pretty good shopping. BJ's should fit right in.

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  1. Interestingly, I just read today that Costco is expanding into DC.

    1. We cancelled our BJ's membership (Fair Lakes) because we weren't going that far often enough. However, we do go as far as Gainesville and shop at Wegman's (about 50-60 miles away from where we live.)

      If we choose then to shop at a different Costco from where we normally shop, then Costco-Manassas will not be too far from BJ's, Gainesville.

      I hope it opens soon - I've started a series of dental appointments in Gainesville. I have wondered about the growth of this one-horse town. (No pun intended.)

      Thanks for the info. I'm always the last to know, as I don't have TV, local TV, or even look at the local papers. A Lowe's opened nearby and it was open 6 months before I knew it was there, and it was right behind Walmart - how does one miss something like that? Don't know.

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      1. re: Rella

        The grand opening was this past weekend. We had too many kids' events or I would have gone. Should be able to check it out next week. Looking forward to see if this BJ's will have more sample stations like the Chantilly Costco.

        1. re: Bob W

          Thanks so much, Bob W. I'll be going that way in a week or so.

          I can't recall any sampling of significance in the Fair Lakes Costco. I don't recall ever beeing at Chantilly. Only Sterling - maybe Leesburg?

          I do recall that BJ's was another outlet for me for wine, other than Costco and Wegmans.

          1. re: Rella

            You can easily make a lunch out of the samples at the Chantilly Costco. The Fair Lakes BJ's has always had paltry samples but on my last visit two weeks ago I noticed they had raised their game considerably. I would expect a brand-new BJ's to have a lot to offer.

            BJ's has a pretty good wine selection, certainly enough for most people looking to grab a decent bottle, but I think Costco has the edge on wine. They have some very nice bottles.

      2. We're getting one here in Ithaca, NY. I've been getting flyers in the mail trying to get me to join. I probably won't since I'm going to be moving this summer and am not sure where I'm going to be ending up yet, but I'm glad to see this area getting a club store. The closest ones now are an hour away.

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        1. re: writergeek313

          Where in Ithaca is it going? Out by the mall? Or did the Commons finally go under and they decided to pave it over with a big box store?

          1. re: cwdonald

            I would've guessed Elmira Road, since that's where most of the chain restaurants and stores have opened lately, but it's going in up the road from the mall. I don't get up that way too often, so that explains why I didn't know about it until I got the flyer in the mail.

            1. re: writergeek313

              The BJ's in Ithaca is next to Target at the Mall. Nice big, clean store. Lots of people like me who were driving to Auburn or Geneva were there the first week. BJ's is fab because they take coupons; if there are three things in a package that each have a barcode, they will take coupons for each thing. Love Bj's! Been there twice already.

        2. I visited the new BJ's in Gainesville yesterday. It's quite nice. The layout is similar to the old one in Fair Lakes, with some interesting changes, but the best part is the store is MUCH brighter. Should do very well out there. The store is in a massive shopping area, and the home builders are slapping up houses as far as the eye can see.

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          1. re: Bob W

            Thanks for the new report. I'll be going there this week. It is probably in the "Best Buy" area of shopping, I'll bet.

            A fast growing economy here - Washington, D.C. moving further out, I assume.

            1. re: Rella

              It's at the corner of Wellington and Linton Hall Roads. Just turn left on Linton Hall from 29, go about a half mile, and you'll see it on the left, after you've passed every other chain known to man. I'm amazed at how big that shopping area is. Tthen a couple miles down 29 is the Wegmans shopping area, which has virtually every chain not represented in the BJ's area. I hit Wegmans yesterday too. I love Wegmans!

              1. re: Bob W

                Yep, Linton Hall Road is where I've signed my life's savings over to a dentist.

                I will be going to Wegman's too - one of the best wine selections around my vicinity. I take many of "Nick's" recommendations that are listed on the little tabs under the wine. And Wegman's is just about the only place I can find 'organic' ginger.

                I love that Wegman's, too.

                1. re: Bob W

                  It didn't take but a few minutes' down each aisle to make a years' membership worthwhile today. There were offers of 15% on a visitors' pass etc, etc., but we found enough to buy to start towards paying our membership of $40 (an offer until the end of February).

                  I was able to buy 7 different glass jarred products without additives, and without oil, or with oil of my choice, that I am unable to find at Costco; organic sumatra coffee, organic onions, organic 3-berries, even plaintains at Asian grocers' prices, organic half-and half cream. Also I found more cookbooks there than I've found at Costco. Costco lately hasn't had many cookbooks to satisfy me at Manassas or Fairfax, VA.

                  The wine is not there until March, I'm told. Since it was snowing, it was too late to make a trip to Wegmans today. I'll be back in a couple of weeks to make that trip to Wegmans.

                  If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have know about BJ's in Gainesville. I guess they didn't send flyers out this far - 55 miles exactly GPS.

            2. I had a membership and dropped it, most super markets beat their prices and the also gas stations in the area. The other limitation is that they're only in the Northeast with a small expansion down the east coast.

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              1. re: treb

                I guess it all depends on the area in which you live. Because BJs lets you use manufacturer's coupons as well as their BJ's coupons, you can really score big on some items. My last trip I used about $40 worth of coupons and ended up getting $6 off of my vitamins, $7 off of tissues, $8 off of toilet paper, etc.

                I mainly buy paper goods (when cheaper than other stores using coupons), batteries (ridiculously cheap), meats (regular price beats grocery store's sale prices), nuts (whole almonds are a steal), fruit, and Fage yogurt (plain 6 oz. yogurt is $0.70 cheaper per cup than Trader Joe's or regular grocery store).