Old Stella D’oro Factory to Become BJ’s Club

'Bout to be a BJ's.
'Bout to be a BJ's. Photo: Courtesy Stella D'oro Biscuit Co.

Citing sources connected to the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Bronx Press Politics reports that the majority of the old Stella D’oro cookie and breadstick factory site in Kingsbridge will become a BJ’s Wholesale Club. If true this would be the coda to the cookie company’s 87-year history in the city; Stella D’oro was sold and moved production to Ohio after a series of labor disputes in 2009. Those disputes and the resulting strike are depicted in a just-released HBO documentary called No Contract, No Cookies. The BPP blog reports that the Bronx’s Gateway Center BJ’s is its third most successful location in the country. Meanwhile, there’s still no word on that long-rumored Red Hook BJ’s that was supposed to come to the Thor Equities–owned waterfront location near IKEA, though Marty Markowitz wrote an open letter to Thor last month in which he declared he’d get behind a Coney Island BJ’s location, but only if the developer brought in a big chain restaurant like Legal Seafood or Grand Lux Cafe at the same time. [Bronx Press Politics, Earlier]