Everyone knows that the job market is hurting. This is especially true in bigger cities like New York. Many New York City residents have gone from being out of work for weeks to years without knowing what happened. So when the newest BJ’s Wholesale Club store began hiring for their location in Canarsie, as reported in the Brooklyn Eagle, thousands lined the streets of downtown in hopes of snagging one of around 175 jobs which are available.
It’s a little bit surprising that BJ’s doesn’t have a bigger presence in the five boroughs already; they have very real penetration in other suburban and urban markets in the surrounding area and around the nation. BJ’s is similar in style to Costco. BJ’s has had one location at the Gateway Mall near Spring Creek in East New York, since 2002. This new location in Brooklyn brings much needed relief to the jobless masses. As well, the opening of such a retail location brings optimism for improvements in the local and national economy.
Brooklyn Marriott on Jay Street was the location of the hiring event and BJ’s likely expected a big turnout. According to reports from the Brooklyn Eagle, “The line started at the rear of the Brooklyn Marriott on Jay Street and snaked around the block to Adams Street, then back again to Jay.”
If enthusiasm for is any measure of the strength of the retail economy for BJ’s, retailers should hold on to their hats!