Community Spotlight - BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB GENERAL MANAGER Craig Lombardi

WR: Hi Craig! Thanks for taking the time to connect. We’ve been so inspired by your posts we had to reach out. How long have you been the manager at the BJ‘S Wholesale Club in Wappinger? Tell us a bit about yourself!

CRAIG: I joined BJ’s Wholesale Club in January 2018 and was just promoted to serve as the general manager of BJ’s club in Wappinger in December 2019. Before that, I served as the senior merchandising/operations manager at BJ’s club in Brookfield, CT and prior to that, I held senior manager positions in Auburn, MA and Framingham, MA.

I am the father of three boys:  Austin (16), Ayden (11) and Arie (5). Outside of work, I focus on being involved with my boys’ school and sports activities. I coach and volunteer at everything they are a part of. I have lived in Wappinger for over thirty years and have always been very active in my community by volunteering at local food banks and shelters and donating product to local organizations to really help make a difference in the community.

WR: We have seen you help local businesses providing supplies, food, and water, can you tell us more about this?

CRAIG: BJ’s is focused on nourishing communities and helping families thrive by providing access to basic essentials. Now, more than ever, we are here to serve our members during these challenging times by giving them access to food and other products they need. Our donations are a small gesture to thank the members of our community who are out there on the front lines. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to the community in which I live and work.

WR: Anything else we should know about shopping at BJ’S the coming weeks?

CRAIG: The safety of our members, team members and our community is always our top priority. We continue to follow recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations to help ensure our clubs exceed our already high standards for general hygiene and health practices.

We will continue to welcome members who are age 60 and over to shop in a less crowded environment every day from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

We also have adjusted our club hours and are now closing at 8pm Monday-Saturday to give our team members more time to restock, sanitize and recharge.

We are working hard to get the items families need in stock.

WR: Craig, we thank you and BJ’S for all you’ve done and continue to do! We will continue to share and support all you do. Thank you so much for your time today.