Press Release

Creating an Outdoor Living Space That's Trendy and Affordable

From Remote Grill Thermometers to Portable Ice Makers, BJ's Wholesale Club Offers the Latest in Backyard Entertaining

April 1, 2008 9:20 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass., April 1, 2008 -- With more people facing economic challenges due to increasing food and gas prices, American families are choosing to eat more meals at home than in restaurants. According to Nation's Restaurant News, 50 percent of consumers are eating at home more and 36 percent bypass restaurants due to the high price of gas. With a small investment, an outdoor living space can be transformed into a lovely al fresco dining area to enjoy get-togethers with family and friends without leaving your home.

BJ's Wholesale Club has everything needed to create the perfect outdoor entertaining space that is fun, trendy and affordable. From stylish outdoor furnishings and rugs to fire pits and grills, some outdoor necessities include:

Retreat Outdoors -- Outdoor living takes on a whole new meaning of style with the Living Home(R) Devon 4-Piece Deep Seating Collection. The collection includes a cushioned sofa, two cushioned rockers with toss pillows and a bronze-finish coffee table built on rust-free aluminum frames and all-weather fabric to withstand summer's heat and rain. ($899.99)

Small Space Solution -- Have a small space? The Living Home(R) Vineyard 3- Piece All-Weather Wicker Bistro Collection includes two cushioned chairs with hideaway ottomans, toss pillows and a 24" diameter glass-top table for outdoor or indoor use. The set is constructed with galvanized steel frames and all- weather fabric. ($399.99)

Finishing Touch -- Make an outdoor living space even homier with an all- weather rug. They are constructed with 100 percent Olefin Fibers, resistant to mold and mildew, sun and rain and non-allergenic. Spills wipe away with a damp cloth and warm water, or can be hosed off for a thorough cleaning. Available in two sizes: 5'3" x 7'6" and 7'10" x 9'10" and five beautiful colors and patterns. ($59.99 and $129.99)

Sophisticated Campfire -- Spend late hours outside with friends while sitting around a beautiful natural slate tile-top fire pit. Made with a powder-coated antique charcoal steel base and fire bowl measuring 34" x 34" x 18.5". Includes a fire poker and mesh spark screen. ($99.99)

Outdoor Kitchens: Backyard Grilling and Chilling

According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, year-round grill usage continues to be popular with 58 percent of Americans reporting it is always grilling season at their homes.

BJ's Wholesale Club carries grilling necessities that will add style and ease to the backyard barbecue, as well as fresh meats, vegetables, fruits and condiments perfect for the BBQ season, including:

Stainless Style -- BJ's has a grill to fit any budget including the more sophisticated Granite Island Gas Grill built on stainless steel combined with a granite surface. Features include four stainless steel main burners and rotisserie, rear and side burners, interior grill light, removable built-in cooler, infrared bottom-searing, roll out tank tray, grill cover, double wall hood with temperature gauge and porcelain coated cooking grids. The primary grilling area has an ample 854 square inches of cooking space and an impressive 88,000 BTUs. ($899.99)

Grilled to Perfection -- Take fewer trips to the grill and make sure meats are cooked thoroughly all at the same time with the Smart BBQ(TM) Remote Grill Thermometer. Just insert the stainless steel meat thermometer into meat and program one of six settings that will beep when meat is ready. Includes hand- held receiver, built-in programmable timer, base transmitter and stainless steel meat probe with 100 feet of wireless range. Thermometer is designed to withstand temperatures up to 410 degrees F. ($15.99)

Healthy Grilling -- Enjoy a healthier breakfast, lunch or dinner right from your grill -- and forget about dirtying multiple pans with the Stainless Steel BBQ Griddle. The griddle is a solid stainless steel accessory for gas grills, and is made from restaurant-quality 430 stainless steel. In addition to sidewalls to keep food from falling off, the griddle also has a trough along the front edge that allows unhealthy grease to drain off. Scrubber and scraper included for easy cleaning. ($44.99)

Keep it Cool -- Keep food and drinks cold for up to three days with the Living Home(R) Stainless Steel Cooler with Bonus Cover featuring lockable casters that let you roll it wherever and whenever guests need a refill. Features 80-quart capacity, bottle opener, cap collector and bottom shelf for extra storage and added convenience. ($119.99)

Don't Miss the Fun -- Forget running to the store for ice -- instead, keep enough ice on hand to last the entire party with the Haier(R) Portable Ice Maker. This icemaker does not need a drain and is an incredibly convenient addition to entertaining essentials. Makes fresh cubes in six minutes or 35 pounds in 24 hours. ($129.99)

Cool Down Anytime -- When the heat turns up outside or in, cool down anytime, anywhere with the Amana(R) Portable Air Conditioner. The most energy efficient portable air conditioner in the industry offers an impressive 14,000 BTUs. Perfect for cooling a playroom or apartment. ($449.99)

To locate a club or to shop online, go to For additional product information, high-resolution images or samples, please contact Jackie Guzman at 561-998-1995.

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 top-brand apparel and accessories, small appliances, consumer electronics, fine jewelry, groceries 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 177 clubs and 100 gas stations in 16 eastern states. Shop online or learn more about BJ's Wholesale Club at


SOURCE: BJ's Wholesale Club

CONTACT: Jackie Guzman for BJ's Wholesale Club, +1-561-998-1995,