CLEVELAND — BJ's Wholesale Club understands the importance of their frontline team members helping provide customers essential services during the coronavirus outbreak and now they're stepping up to reward them for it.

The membership-only warehouse club chain announced on Monday that it would be increasing wages and bonuses for Ohio employees and nationally for all 218 clubs during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now, more than ever, we’re committed to supporting our team members and members while providing essential services to our communities during these challenging times,” said Lee Delaney, President and Chief Executive Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We are grateful to be a reliable resource for our members and we couldn’t do it without the continued dedication of our team members. We’re proud of their hard work and are pleased to recognize them with increased pay and bonuses.” 

As an essential business, BJ’s will continue to operate under state of emergency and shelter in place orders recently issued in the U.S. Protecting team members, members and communities.

BJ's announced that all hourly team members in the company’s clubs, distribution centers and home office will earn an additional $2 per hour for each hour worked beginning March 23, 2020 through at least April 12, 2020. 

Additionally, at the end of March, managers and key personnel in the clubs and distribution centers will receive a one-time bonus, ranging from $500 to $1,000. 

BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc., commonly referred to as BJ's, is an American membership-only warehouse club chain operating on the East Coast of the United States and the states of Ohio and Michigan.

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