What Is the History of the BJ's Wholesale Club Name?


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The company's name is derived from the initials of Beverly Jean Weich, the daughter of Mervyn Weich, the first president of the company. BJ's Wholesale Club is an American membership-only warehouse club chain that operates on the East Coast of the United States. The company provides electronics, computers, organic foods and meat, sports equipment, office supplies, home and seasonal products, health and beauty supplies, and more. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Westborough, Massachusetts.

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The company operates 205 clubs in 15 states from Maine to Florida, and it employs more than 25,000 people. BJ's prides itself on offering leading brands and fresh foods at low prices. All businesses and consumers 18 and over are welcome to join BJ's membership.

On September 30, 2011, BJ's was acquired by Beacon Holding Inc., an afiliate of Leonard Green & Partners. BJ's common stock is listed on the NYSE under the symbol "BJ." The key executives of BJ's Wholesale Club inc. are Ms. Laura J Sen, Mr. Robert W. Eddy, Mr. Lon F. Povich, Ms. Christina M. Neppl and Mr. Peter Amalfi. Ms. Laura J. Sen is the CEO, while Mr. Robert W. Eddy is the CFO and Executive Vice President.

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