EXCLUSIVE: Despite being faced with criticism from some shoppers, the new BJ’s in Howell will continue keeping its magazines at the checkout counter covered out of respect for the community, BJ’s Corporate office tells TLS.
The magazine rack covers, installed shortly after the club opened – and similar to those placed at other large retailers – were created out of respect for shoppers inadvertently exposed to the sometimes-provocative magazines prominently displayed at the counters.
The attached is a copy of one of the complaints BJ’s received:
“At BJ’s Wholesale Club, two of our core values are respect and community,” BJ’s wrote to a media outlet inquiring about the practice. “We are a new business in Howell and when we enter a new community we are always respectful of how business is done. Our decision was made to show consideration toward the sensitivities of our Members.”
The corporate office shared the same sentiment.
“I want to be clear that BJ’s stands by our values of respect and community,” BJ’s Corporate office wrote TLS. “We have no intention of changing our practice of blocking magazine covers in our Howell Club.”
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