BJ’s at Commack set to open in early 2022

Next year, Long Islanders can look forward to another super wholesale club store where they can shop for household essentials.

A BJ Wholesale Club comes to Commack at the former Macy’s site on the Veterans Memorial Road. Smithtown City Supervisor Edward Wehrheim said the new store will open shortly after the New Year.

A press release for the new location released in May says the store will carry “a wide selection of fresh foods, a full-service grocery store, and household essentials like paper products, cleaning supplies, diapers, pet supplies … family fashion, seasonal items, toys, hot tech and a selection of local produce.

Public hearings were held for the proposal early last year, during which community members expressed dissatisfaction with the large-scale project.

“There was quite a bit of residential opposition, mostly based on traffic,” Wehrheim said. “It has gone down and their operation reports that they do most of their trucking at night because there is no time during the day to do so. “

The supervisor added that the wholesaler’s initial proposal called for two protection sites in the mall, which the city rejected to reduce further congestion and keep enough parking space.

For BJ’s, the Commack location is just one of six new locations planned for the eastern end of the United States. Five other announced locations will open in Seabrook, New Hampshire, Port Charlotte, Florida, South Fayette, Pennsylvania, Ross Township, Pennsylvania and Lansing, Michigan.

“We have made great strides in accelerating the pace of our new club openings over the past few years and look forward to opening six new locations this fiscal year,” Bill Werner, executive vice president for strategy and development, for BJ’s Wholesale Club said in the press release. “We are excited to bring the value and convenience of a BJ subscription to more buyers as we continue to expand our reach in the eastern United States.”

Regarding the community’s response, Wehrheim said the backlash had eased, to be replaced by enthusiasm for the new store. “In the last couple of months the only thing I’ve heard is people asking when it’s going to open because they can’t wait to go shopping there.”

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