Thor breaks ground on new BJ’s store in Gravesend

Brooklyn’s getting a brand new BJs: Thor Equities and representatives of BJ’s Wholesale Club joined officials and business leaders on Monday to break ground on a 200,000 square foot BJ’s at 1752 Shore Parkway in Gravesend Bay.

BJ's is a popular membership-only warehouse club chain, similar to Costco. This location will be BJ’s third outpost in Brooklyn, joining stores in Canarsie and on Gateway Drive.

The new BJs will be located next door to Caesar’s Bay Shopping Center, and will be in close proximity to stores like Best Buy, New York Sports Club, and a Mercedes-Benz dealership located on Shore Parkway.

Thor says it has accelerated the project to send a message that "Brooklyn is getting back to business" after Superstorm Sandy.

“This project is going to bring jobs and economic vitality to the neighborhood and help support an economic boom fueled by commercial real estate development across the borough,” Joseph Sitt, CEO of Thor Equities said in a statement. “All of us understand that its going to take a lot of time and a lot of investment to get this borough back to where it needs to be in the aftermath of Sandy, but let this groundbreaking serve as a down payment on all of our commitment to rebuild, reinvest, and revitalize Brooklyn.”

“Bravo to Joe Sitt and BJ’s on raising the bar for how businesses should be run,” said Borough President Marty Markowitz. “By moving up the construction time table and creating 300 well-paying jobs, they are helping to drive the economic recovery in south Brooklyn—especially in nearby Coney Island—one of the areas hardest hit by the storm.”

The Gravesend Bay store will create planning, construction and personnel jobs, according to Thor.

Others attending were Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Councilman Domenic Recchia, Brooklyn COC President Carlo Scissura, Thor Equities CEO Joseph Sitt, and BJ’s Wholesale Club Regional Manager Dan Smith.