BJ’s Wholesale Club celebrates opening in Easton

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Diane and Jack McCarthy–this Cambridge couple has nine children between them and they say family visits mean they’ll be shopping at BJ’s for sure.

EASTON — A celebration marked the completion of the BJ’s Wholesale Club, the official name of the newly-opened membership club in Easton. People in 15 Eastern states at 212 locations simply call it BJ’s, as the big red letters on the building announce. So will we. Christie Ramsey, the new general manager, says the newest club has some 7,500 products in a 64,000 square foot space. She looks forward to being on the Eastern Shore heading the store where you can fill up the refrigerator, fill up your clothing closet and dresser drawers, and even fill up your gas tank economically, all in one stop.

Last Thursday was not a shopping day, it was “party time” with food, music and entertainment, and even dancing. Morgan Kelly, 6, was one of many singing with her school chorus, but she was a standout on the dance floor with new employees. A BJ’s spokesman says “giving back has always been at the very core of BJ’s culture.” Presents in the form of $2,500 checks were distributed to Talbot schools, Talbot Mentors, and the Maryland Food Bank. This BJ’s is the 10th club to partner with the Maryland Food Bank. According to a spokesman, the company has donated more than 30 million pounds of perishable foods that have been unsold.

But Dorchester County benefits too. BJ’s has hired 110 new employees, many from Dorchester County. Ranada Alexander, a pretty good dancer, is a Cambridge resident and will be keeping her school job in Dorchester but work parttime at BJ’s. She’s pleased. Also employed is Dominique Broomer from Linkwood who likes to meet people and is happy about her new job as cashier. Also hired are Robert Speidel from Cambridge and Louis Biskach from Hurlock, to name a few. Shoppers will also be from Dorchester, and the proof is Diane and Jack McCarthy. This Cambridge couple has nine children between them and they say family visits mean they’ll be shopping at BJ’s for sure. Buying in quantity is the norm at warehouse clubs, but Christie Ramsey says you can order single portions in the meat department.

Of course a club has membership fees. To encourage people who have to watch their nickels, the club is offering membership at a bargain rate of $40 dollars for 14 months. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Feb. 6.

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