Before we begin, maybe you’re like “BJ’s? Lisa, didn’t your last two posts talk about supporting small businesses and sticking it to the man?!” Yeah, totally. Absolutely. And you should definitely support all of our Bronx small businesses, but I do have a bone to pick with some of them, we’ll get to that in a second.
Because I spent the past couple of months seeking out small businesses and feeling very cheerleader-y for them, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical when I was invited to tour the new BJ’s in Riverdale. A big box corporation? I don’t know about this. However, I’m happy to report that I was wrong.
As someone who lives in an apartment alone, I thought getting a membership to a wholesale club was a waste of money and space. (Seriously, one of those 6 packs of paper towels lasts me forever.) It’s not that I never buy in bulk and certainly not that I don’t like saving money, but it’s bad enough that I take the bus almost 30 minutes from my house to Aldi so I can buy organic food at a reasonable price (and then drag it back on the bus in my cart.)
My biggest issue with the local bodegas and supermarkets near me in Bedford Park is the lack of affordable, healthy food. (I’m looking at you, Met on 198th!) Whether the price is jacked way up or the produce is going to go bad in a couple of days, it can be a difficult task to eat healthy here. The Norwood CSA saves me in the summer, but it can be a lot of food for one person and I don’t sign up for the winter share.
This is where BJ’s won me over. They have a massive, open space dedicated to fresh produce, meats, and cheeses. I was happy to learn that they partner with local farms in their farm to club partnership and even happier to see that some of their prices even beat Aldi. They have a wide variety of produce as well including varieties of potatoes and greens. There are also plenty of non-bulk items that are super affordable, but won’t take up an extra closet in your apartment.
Other cool things I learned on the tour: of the 180 jobs the club has, about 75% of them went to Bronxites, BJ’s donates to local nonprofits when they open a new club, AND they accept manufacturer’s coupons. So, if I’m going tell you about a corporation, let it be one that hooks us up with some nice perks!
Though it’ll still be a bus ride over to BJ’s, at least I’ll be saving more money while I’m at it.
Plus, BJ’s has kindly decided to give one lucky reader a chance to check out the savings for themselves. Yes, it’s time for a giveaway! One of you will win a $50 gift card to BJ’s. Here’s what you need to do:
- Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or like The Bronx Socialite on Facebook.
- Leave a brief comment on what you’d use your BJ’s gift card for. Each comment grants you one entry.
- Winner will be chosen Saturday, January 23, 2016!
- Good luck!