Work has begun on the BJ’s Wholesale Club in the Metropolitan shopping center in Midtown, and the store is slated to open before Thanksgiving this year.
The membership club is in the former Home Depot Design Center, which had been empty since its 2009 closure before being bought earlier this year for $14 million by Property Markets Group, a New York-based firm. The space is just below Target in the complex.
Roy Perez-Daple, the group’s vice president of leasing and development, said construction is being handled by Columbia-based McCrory Construction, and has begun “in earnest.”
The BJ’s will occupy 101,000 square feet of the property. Perez-Daple told the Observer the group is still looking for a tenant for the remaining 21,000 square feet.
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Westborough, Mass.-based BJ’s operates about 207 clubs in 15 states. Locally, BJ’s has store locations in Mooresville, Concord and Pineville.