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BJ's Wholesale Club Gets Final OK on Montgomery Township Land Development Plan


MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Look out, Costco: BJ's Wholesale Club is officially coming to town.

Montgomery Township supervisors Monday night gave the unanimous OK for a conditional preliminary/final land devleopment plan for a 39,732-square-foot BJ's Wholesale Club to open at Five Points Plaza in the vacant American Signature Furniture site. Supervisor Robert Birch was absent from the meeting.

"We compete with Costco all up and down the East Coast. There's enough business for the both of us," said Pat Smith, BJ's Wholesale Club assistant vice-president and manager of site acquisition. This will be the third BJ's Wholesale Club in Montgomery County, with others located in Oaks in Upper Providence Township and in Plymouth Township. There are also stores in Warrington and Quakertown, both in Bucks County.

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"We've been trying to get into Montgomeryville for a long time," Smith said. "The opportunity finally presented itself. Five Points is a phenomenal spot."

BJ's, which is based in Massachusetts, is proposing to add about 10,000 square feet of new space to the right side of the current building. The left front side of the building would house the tire center, Shoupe said, so not to disrupt any nearby residents. An existing loading dock will be reconfigured as well, and a new breezeway in front of the store will be constructed.

Prior to American Signature Furniture, the building housed other retail establishments, such as Burlington Coat Factory, Bradlee's and Builder's Square.

BJ's has already received zoning relief for building height to allow for a peak on the roofline. The zoning hearing board also approved storage of propane tanks in the parking lot. Shoupe said the planning commission has given its OK on the project too. At present, BJ's is finalizing drafts and completing any required sewer planning module paperwork for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Smith said the number one thing that sets BJ's Wholesale Club apart from Costco is it offers smaller package sizes of products for customers.

"We're more family-friendly," Smith said. 


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