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August 30, 2015 11:33 PM ET

Food and Staples Retailing

Company Overview of BJ's Wholesale Club Inc.

Company Overview

BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. operates warehouse clubs and gas stations in the eastern United States. The company’s warehouse clubs provide electronics, computers, office supplies, home and seasonal products, organic foods and meat, sports equipment, toys, baby products, health and beauty supplies, and jewelry. It also sells products online. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Westborough, Massachusetts with distribution centers in Uxbridge, Massachusetts; Jacksonville, Florida; Rocky Hill, Connecticut; Elkton, Maryland; and Burlington, New Jersey. As of September 30, 2011, BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. was taken private.

25 Research Drive

Westborough, MA 01581-5230

United States

Founded in 1996

24,800 Employees

Phone:

774-512-6186

Fax:

774-512-6859

Key Executives for BJ's Wholesale Club Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President, Director, Member of Executive Committee, Member of Finance Committee and Member of Information Technology Committee
Age: 58
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Age: 42
Executive Vice President of Club Operations
Age: 50
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Age: 55
Executive Vice President of Merchandising & Logistics
Age: 54
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. Key Developments

Luminara Worldwide LLC Wins Additional Positive Rulings on Patent Infringement Lawsuits in Two Countries

Luminara Worldwide LLC has won additional positive rulings on its patent infringement lawsuits in two countries, including China – home to defendants Liown Electronics Co. Ltd, Shenzhen Liown Electronics Co, Ltd, Liown Technologies/Beauty Electronics LLC. Additional defendants affected by the rulings include alleged intellectual property infringers Boston Warehouse Trading Corp., Abbott of England (1981), Ltd., BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., Von Maur, Inc., Zulily, Inc., Smart Candle, LLC, Tuesday Morning Corp., Ambient Lighting, Inc., The Light Garden, Inc., and Central Garden & Pet Co. d/b/a GKI/Bethlehem Lighting. In March, the Chinese Patent Reexamination Board invalidated a Chinese design patent on the moving flame candle, one of three patents Liown filed in China. In doing so, the Board acknowledged that Liown’s design patent had no apparent differences over prior designs. Liown’s two remaining Chinese patents have also been challenged by Luminara and are currently under board consideration. In April, the U.S. Federal District Court, sitting in Minnesota granted Luminara a preliminary injunction prohibiting all defendants from selling moving flame candles to Luminara’s customers, acknowledging Luminara demonstrated a substantial likelihood that Liown infringed Luminara’s patent. Subsequently, the District Court denied Liown’s motion to stay that preliminary injunction pending an appeal to the Federal Circuit. In June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting in Washington, D.C., affirmed the District Court’s decision not to stay the preliminary injunction pending Liown’s appeal, which is expected to be heard late this year. As a result, Liown and each defendant remain prohibited from selling moving flame candles to the customers set forth in the preliminary injunction. These are significant wins for Luminara Worldwide LLC, which filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to stop the infringement of its U.S. Patents which represent technology used to create Luminara’s collection of flame-replicating designer candles.

BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. Plans to Open a Store at the Metropolitan in Midtown Charlotte

BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. plans to open a store at the Metropolitan in midtown Charlotte this year 2015.

BJ's Wholesale Club Names David Atkins to VP of Own Brands

BJ's Wholesale Club has named David Atkins to the newly created position of VP of own brands. He will be responsible for brand strategy, marketing, analysis and further development of the Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms brands. Atkins was most recently leading a team of brand managers at Meijer, where he oversaw business development for private labels in the pets, baby, consumables and drugstore categories.

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