Press Release

Music to Your Ears and Wallet

BJ's Wholesale Club is instrumental in providing music to children, without robbing Mom & Dad's monetary notes

July 30, 2008 8:20 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass., July 30, 2008 -- "Can I take music lessons, puh puh puh lease?!"

With back to school around the corner for many parts of the country, those words are certain to strike a chord in parents, as children beg and plead with puppy dog eyes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 29 percent of children will return home from the first week of school, talking of playing piano masterpieces or marching in the band.

However, those pleas don't have to fall on deaf ears. During these hard economic times, purchasing a musical instrument is far more cost-effective than renting it for the entire year, which can cost a parent as much as $360 annually. To help, BJ's Wholesale Club is offering affordable Borg Instruments by First Act.

"BJ's Wholesale Club understands the economic struggle faced by parents who strive to provide the best for their child but are forced to make cost-cutting measures," said Chris Neppl, Executive Vice President of Merchandising. "From healthy food and school supplies to quality musical instruments, BJ's has everything a family needs to go back to school at affordable prices."

In an effort to keep music affordable so all children can pursue their dreams, BJ's is offering six Borg Instruments -- from a saxophone and trumpet to two violins, a clarinet and the ever-popular flute -- ranging from $159.99 to $399.99 (for the sax).

Aided by professional musicians and school band directors, First Concert Series instruments were ideally created for school programs and come with a limited lifetime warranty. Included in the price is a protective carrying case and a DVD on the assembly and care of the instrument.

When compared with competitors who rent out instruments at an average rate of $30 per month or $360 a year, purchasing a Borg at BJ's is a practical yet worthy investment in a child's future. Musical education improves memory and school performance, as well as develops social skills and instills self- discipline and diligence.

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 178 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, Inc.

CONTACT: Jackie Guzman for BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc., +1-561-998-1995,, or Sharyn Frankel of BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.,