Focus Trends ~ Wholesale Clubs

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Focus Trends ~ Wholesale Clubs

Expansion & Closures

The wholesale club sector is dominated by three major retailers: Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s Wholesale Club. These stores offer discount prices in bulk in a warehouse format for its members. The membership aspect is what differs this sector from most others. Membership at Costco costs $60 per year, at Sam’s Club $45 per year, at BJ’s $50 per year.

The Numbers

Costco and Sam’s Club have over 500 locations across the United States, whereas BJ’s Wholesale Club only has around 200 locations on the east coast. Costco and Sam’s Club have had strong sales figures the past few years with moderate growth.

The owners of BJ’s Wholesale might be positioning to sell the retailer. Walmart and Amazon have both been rumored to have interest.


The Numbers

Retailer NameExisting Stores 2016New StoresClosures 2016
Sams Club641616
Costco491204
BJ’s Wholesale Club215NANA

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