BJ's warehouse store to fill 145 jobs at new site

June 05, 1994|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,Contributing Writer

BJ's Wholesale Club, which will be first warehouse shopping club in the county, will begin interviewing on Tuesday to fill about 145 jobs.

The company will conduct the interviews from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sheraton Inn Aberdeen.

"Everyone's invited to attend our employment open house. This is a great opportunity to join a fast-growing company," said Jack Nugent, president of BJ's Wholesale Club.

Full-time, part-time and temporary positions are available, including cashiers, stockers, data entry, membership sales, tire sales, meat clerks, loss prevention, forklift operators, cart retrievers and merchandise demonstrators.

"We will not make any hiring decision during the open house, but we will interview as many applicants as come in," said Walt Lashno, a Bel Air resident and general manager for the new wholesale club.

The 110,000-square-foot shopping facility, scheduled to open July 23 in the Constant Friendship Business Park in Abingdon, will be the sixth in Maryland for the Natick, Mass.-based chain.

Other BJ's wholesale clubs are in White Marsh, Owings Mills, Columbia, Pasadena and Waldorf.

The company, with 57 stores in 12 East Coast states, posted sales of more than $2 billion in 1993, 12 percent more than in the previous year.

BJ's offers discount prices on name-brand food and general merchandise.

The wholesale club also will feature an in-house bakery, fresh meat department, a self-serve deli, an optical department and travel services.

The club places no restrictions on memberships," said Susan Grieb, a company spokeswoman.

Ms. Grieb said the annual fee for businesses and individual consumers is $30. A second card is issued free to a family member.

Mark-up of merchandise is 8 percent to 10 percent over cost, said Ms. Grieb.

"Supermarkets typically apply a 25 percent markup, and department stores add 40 to 50 percent to their merchandise," she said.

Mr. Lashno, who previously was general manager of the White Marsh and Owings Mills stores, said the company chose Harford County because the demographics are "perfect."

For example, he said, many two-income families live near the new store.

"The location is very accessible . . . visible off Interstate 95, close to the heavily populated Route 40 corridor and near Bel Air," he said.

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