BJ's plans move to ManchesterBy MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
October 04. 2017 10:09PM
MANCHESTER — The BJ’s Wholesale Club in Hooksett will relocate to John E. Devine Drive in Manchester early next year, the Union Leader has learned.
The membership warehouse club will open in the building that housed Sam’s Club, which closed in August.
The company, which confirmed the move Wednesday, expects officially to announce the news Thursday.
“Our new Manchester location will make it even more convenient for families to save at BJ’s Wholesale Club,” said Kirk Saville, senior vice president of corporate communications at BJ’s Wholesale Club.
The Hooksett store, at 400 Quality Drive, will close in early 2018, according to the company.
Hooksett store employees will be offered positions in Manchester.
The 110,000-square-foot location is located less than a half-mile from the Walmart Supercenter at 725 Gold St., which opened in April 2016.
Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart, employed about 130 people at its Manchester store.
BJ’s officials didn’t say how many people work in Hooksett or would be employed in Manchester.
The chain, based in Westborough, Mass., operates 215 clubs and 133 BJ’s Gas locations in 16 states. It has stores in Nashua, Portsmouth, Salem, Tilton and West Lebanon.
Mayor Ted Gatsas said the short period that the building sat empty “shows that Manchester is certainly a community to be located in.”
Hooksett Town Administrator Dean Shankle, Jr. said he heard that Hooksett store workers were told of the news Wednesday.