Talks of BJ’s Wholesale Club expanding within the fiscal year reached our desk back in May. However, amongst the list of new clubs, Indiana wasn’t listed. It looks like Hamilton County was marked in the wholesaler’s expansion plan as BJ’s proposed a new location in Hamilton Town Center, making it the first Indiana location for the company.
According to IndyStar, BJ’s has proposed a 104,458-square-foot building on 12.28 acres on Tegler Drive in Noblesville, Indiana. As of now, a completion date is not yet known.
Caleb Gutshall, Noblesville Planning and Development Department Director, said the city is excited for BJ’s to come to Noblesville where it will provide another grocery option for residents. Gutshall said Noblesville did not offer BJ's tax abatements or incentives to choose the city.
“I have spoken with several people that are familiar with their East Coast and Southeast locations and are thrilled by the prospect of having a location so close to home, which speaks to the quality and unique experience the company provides,” Gutshall wrote via email obtained by the news source.
Currently, BJ’s will be entering a competitive market as Costco and Sam’s Club are already in the area. BJ’s will be competing with the two retail names, both of which are located in the Castleton region.
Gutshall said the project will not go through the plan commission and therefore will not receive a public hearing unless the company seeks a waiver from the city’s design standards. Plans are subject to change, but the project will move forward after the company meets with Noblesville’s Technical Advisory Committee and fields its comments and requests.
Where will we see the retail landscape change next? Deli Market News will keep an eye for the latest.