SeekingAlpha  Jul 31  Comment 
ByMarshall Hargrave: Last Thursday, BJ's Restaurants (NASDAQ:BJRI) crushed earnings, beating by 25%. EPS came in at $0.30 (versus $0.24 consensus) on revenues of $219 million. Shares are up nearly 11% since earnings. The earnings beat came as...
Jutia Group  Jul 29  Comment 
[PR Newswire] - "BJ's Wholesale Club is very excited to partner with Alliance Data and MasterCard on our new co-brand credit card program," said Laura Sen, president and CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club. "Leveraging Alliance Data's skillset in loyalty...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 11  Comment 
Barracuda Networks, Inc. (NYSE:CUDA) Q1 2015 Earnings Conference Call July 10, 2014 5:00 p.m. ET Executives Adam Carson – VP of IR and Financial Planning BJ Jenkins – President and CEO David Faugno – CFO Analysts ...
The Hindu Business Line  May 16  Comment 
For Binayak Shahu, it was a dream come true to see his idol Narendra Modi don the Prime Minister's hat. “I have cycled 900 km in the last 40 days all across India covering Modi and other BJ...
The Hindu Business Line  May 11  Comment 
The Election Commission today issued a show cause notice to Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal for his alleged remarks in Amethi that even if a single vote is cast in favour of Congress and BJ...
SeekingAlpha  May 1  Comment 
By Craig Bibb: Kind of a letdown. The existing board of BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) placed one activist nominee on the board in April, which was expanded from 10 to 11, and recommended three more activist nominees for election at the June 3 annual...
Benzinga  Apr 22  Comment 
BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) ("BJ's" or the "Company") announced today that it has reached an agreement with PW Partners Atlas Fund II LP, Luxor Capital Partners LP and certain other shareholders (collectively, the "PW Partners / Luxor...
The Hindu Business Line  Apr 7  Comment 
Former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was today directed by a court here to “positively appear” before it on May 21 in connection with a criminal defamation compliant filed against him by BJ...
SeekingAlpha  Mar 16  Comment 
ByMarshall Hargrave: The winter weather, coupled with the fact that the "average joe" has yet to come back to the casual dining market, has kept shares of BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) under pressure. Despite being up 20% last week, BJ's is still up...
SeekingAlpha  Mar 7  Comment 
By Craig Bibb: Looks like I got one thing right in La Cucaracha-the next catalyst for BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) was activist noise. The stock was up 21.6% to $33.62 on March 6 after PW Partners (Patrick Walsh) and Christian Leone (Luxor Capital)...


BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. (NYSE: BJ) sells food and general merchandise, including appliances and other household goods, in bulk and at heavily discounted prices. Unlike its competitors, Costco and Sam's Club, which serve small-business customers, BJ's focuses on retail shoppers and offers more grocery items as well as smaller quantities of packaged goods.

BJ's stores are concentrated in the Eastern United States, which allows the company to streamline distribution and marketing. The high concentration of stores in this geography however, can sometimes lead to cannibalization. Furthermore, BJs doesn't benefit from the same economies of scale as its larger competitors. Scale is very important in the warehouse business, because margins are extremely thin, making low costs and high volumes essential to profitability.

Business Overview

BJ's makes money by selling a wide range of food and general merchandise items, gasoline (at select BJ's locations) and from membership fees. [1]

  • Food accounted for approximately 60% of BJ’s total food and general merchandise sales in 2006. Food categories at BJ’s include frozen foods, fresh meat and dairy products, beverages, dry grocery items, fresh produce and flowers, canned goods and household paper products.
  • General merchandise, which accounted for the remaining 40%, includes casual and athletic footwear, consumer electronics, small appliances, tires, jewelry, health and beauty aids, household needs, computer software, books, greeting cards, apparel, furniture, toys and seasonal items. [2]
  • Membership Fees: BJ's had approximately 8.7 million BJ’s members (including supplemental cardholders) at the beginning of 2007. These members generally pay a $45 annual membership fee to be able to shop at BJ's. BJ’s also offers an $80 Rewards Membership program for high-frequency/high-volume members, which offers a 2% rebate, capped at $500 per year, on all purchases. [3]

BJ's revenues in 2006 grew by 7.2% over 2005. However, Operating Income was negatively impacted by lower sales and margins, especially in higher margin departments such as jewelry and furniture. The company also had more holiday season markdowns in 2006, compared to 2005.

BJ 2006 Annual Report
BJ 2006 Annual Report[4]

BJ's introduced the warehouse club concept to New England in 1984 and has expanded throughout the Eastern United States. At the beginning of 2007, BJ’s operated 172 warehouse clubs in 16 states. [5]

BJ 2006 Annual Report
BJ 2006 Annual Report[6]

Key Trends and Forces

Private Label

BJ’s private brand consumer products are generally are priced well below the top branded competing product, but still carry higher margins for the company. At the end of 2006, BJ's private brand products had achieved a sales penetration of approximately 13% of food and general merchandise sales. The company expects its private brand products to continue to represent an increasing percentage of sales over time, which may help margins. Sam's Club and Costco Wholesale (COST) have also launched their own private brands in their stores.

Dependence on new stores

BJ's has grown over the years by opening many stores on the East Coast. Since 2001, BJ’s has grown from 118 clubs to 172 clubs in 2007. Opening more stores will make it more convenient for customers to find BJ's locations and contribute to more memberships. BJ's expansion may lead to more memberships in the long run, but could immediately hurt sales of already existing BJ's clubs due to overlapping markets. If BJ's can strategically open new clubs in areas where clubs do not exist, or where the competition isn't well established, BJ's will gain market share and more memberships. On the other hand, if BJ's opens new clubs near already existing BJ's clubs, the new clubs will steal sales from old clubs, or cause cannibalization.

Market Share

The wholesale club market has two big players in Sam's Club and Costco Wholesale (COST), which have a combined 90% market share. While BJ's has remained focused on the East Coast, Costco has taken away market share from Sam's Club by opening new clubs throughout the Midwest and the South over the past years.


The wholesale club market is fiercely competitive and margins are thin. All three companies charge their members an annual membership fee.

BJ's and its Top Competitors
Retailer 2006 Sales (millions) Membership Fees Membership Sales (Mil) # of Clubs
Costco $58,963[7] $50 $1,188 504
Sam's Club $41,582[8] $40 $940 579
BJ's $8,303 $45 $176 172


  1. BJ 10k 2006, Pg 13
  2. BJ 10k 2006, Pg 4
  3. BJ 10k 2006, Pg 5
  4. BJ 10k 2006, Pg 12
  5. BJ 10k 2006, Pg 2
  6. BJ 10k 2006, Pg 2
  7. COST 10k 2006
  8. | WMT 10k 2006
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