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Published Sept. 9, 2015

BJ’s Wholesale Club’s only South Carolina location may be on hold.

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BJ’s has withdrawn its request to rezone a property in Northeast Columbia. (Photo/Provided)
The membership-only warehouse club has withdrawn its request to rezone a property in the Northeast Columbia area near the Village at Sandhill, Richland County spokeswoman Beverly Harris said Wednesday. No new information from the company has been provided to the county, she noted.

“They dropped their plans completely,” she said. “As far as we know, they’re just not going through with the plans.”

The Westborough, Mass.-based company had planned to take over the principal site at 1117 Sparkleberry Lane Extension, currently the location of a vacant, 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that is situated on 14.1 acres.

The plan was for BJ’s to tear down the building and construct a new store, Richland County Planning Commission Deputy Director Geonard Price said in March.

BJ’s spokeswoman Maria Fruci said in March that the company had no specifics about its first proposal with the Planning Commission, but did say the company was “actively pursuing a location in Columbia.” She could not be reached for comment regarding this story.

The property is currently listed for sale by Colliers International on Showcase.com, a commercial real estate website. The asking price is now $4.4 million, a little more than it was previously available for in March.

BJ’s operated in Greenville between 2000 and 2008. It closed after failing to meet sales expectations, a spokesperson said at the time.

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