Press Release

BJ's Wholesale Club Expands Payment Options to Members

BJ's is First U.S. Wholesale Club to Accept Food Stamp Payments Chain Wide

April 14, 2009 9:05 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass., April 14, 2009 -- With a record number of American households stretching dollars to meet their basic food needs, BJ's Wholesale Club today announced it is expanding payment options to its Members by accepting government-issued food stamp benefits via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) payments. BJ's now accepts EBT payments at all 180 Club locations throughout its 15-state footprint.

"The Food Stamp program makes a difference in the lives of millions of Americans across the country, and the benefits they receive positively impact their abilities to feed their families consistently healthy meals," said Laura Sen, President and CEO, BJ's Wholesale Club. "BJ's recognizes the diverse financial status and changing needs of its Members. We are proud to help Members stretch their food budgets by offering savings on a large selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and baked goods, along with name-brand, non-perishable staples."

In these challenging economic times, more consumers are turning to wholesale clubs like BJ's to save money, with Members saving 30% off supermarket prices while providing high-quality, healthy meal options. By accepting EBT payments at all of its Club locations, BJ's can help give the millions of families who depend on the food stamp program additional choices in how they put food on the table.

BJ's Wholesale Club accepts the most payment options of any U.S. wholesale club chain, including cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Network, RevolutionCard, ATM cards and EBT payments. BJ's is also the only wholesale club to accept manufacturer coupons which adds to consumer savings.

BJ's Wholesale Club operates in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.

About BJ's Wholesale Club

BJ's Wholesale Club is dedicated to providing its Members with high-quality, brand-name food and merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than the prices found at supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores. BJ's offers low BJ's Member Pricing on a huge selection of groceries, top-brand apparel and accessories, small appliances, consumer electronics, fine jewelry and other quality merchandise.

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company currently operates 180 clubs and 102 gas stations in 15 eastern states. Shop online or learn more about BJ's Wholesale Club at


SOURCE: BJ's Wholesale Club

CONTACT: Kelly McFalls of BJ's Wholesale Club, +1-508-651-8661,