Usually things around here are about bad news lately. So we’re pleased to announce that at least one retailer is doing well other than Wal-Mart.BJ’s Wholesale recorded nearly a 12% same-store sales rise during its third quarter and is even boosting its store openings next year. Executives say the Northeast-based chain of 177 clubs was benefited by high gas prices and that it is taking marketshare from restaurants and grocers. Usually BJ’s takes a backseat to Costco and Wal-Mart in the wholesale-club discussion, but the current economic turmoil definitely benefits the operator, and anyone doing well right now deserves a little applause.Do you think that wholesale clubs will continue to thrive in this environment or is it only a matter of time before they feel the crunch?

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