Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 31, 1985 · Page 102
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Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico · Page 102

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Sunday, March 31, 1985
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ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL 15 un Jay, Starch Hlo Gf Profit Pushes Proliferation of Warehouse Clubs Small-Retailer, Private-Citizen Response Has Analysts Forecasting Sales of $20 Billion by 1990s By Cotton Timberlake AP BUSINESS WRITER Warehouse clubs, stores where both wholesale and retail customers can shop as members, are appearing in cities all across the country. And they are generating so-much interest that the industry is expected to grow dramatically with one estimate forecasting a quintupling of annual sales to $20 billion by the early 1990s. "It's one of the most exciting concepts to come along in many years that is truly different," said Ronald Loveless, senior vice president of the Sam's Wholesale Club division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, Ark. Joseph Ellis, a retail analyst with the investment firm Gold-man Sachs & Co. in New York., said: "We see the warehouse club industry as being in only the early-to-middle stages of its development, with enormous potential ahead for its major participants." More than 64 warehouse clubs already have opened and 111 are expected to be in operation by the end of this year, Ellis said in a recent report. The clubs some cities have more than one are not easy to describe. "We describe these things as a wholesale-retail, cash-and-carry, membership-only warehouse," Loveless said. The clubs typically are housed m a warehouse-type building of 100,000 square feet or so, with a concrete floor and racks on which the merchandise is displayed. Shoppers, both businesses at the wholesale level and group members at the retail, present identification to gain entry. Inside, shoppers use extra-large or flatbed carts. Only cash and checks are accepted and there is no delivery. Wholesale members operators of restaurants, motels, hotels, service stations, vending machine and offices of all types pay an annual membership fee of around $25. These customers, who do their personal shopping at the clubs, too, represent about 50 percent to 60 percent of the business. Group members, who are employed by government agencies, public utilities, banks and savings and loans, pay a 5 percent surcharge on the merchandise they buy. At some clubs, they also pay an annual membership fee of around $15. The clubs, which generally do not advertise, sell brand merchandise that has a high turnover. Offering fewer items than do traditional retailers, they sell food, liquor, sundries, appliances, housewares, apparel and other soft goods, and hard goods like batteries and tires. "Although on the front end that doesn't sound particularly appealing to the shopper, when they look over the merchandise assortment, they get excited about that," Loveless said. Sol Price, co-founder of Price Co., the industry pioneer, asked: "Would you believe it if I told you the Price Club was the third most talked about attraction in San Diego next to the zoo and Sea World? "Why is it exciting to so many people? I'm not sure I want to tell," Price said. "I'm sure price has an awful lot to do with it. I think price alone wouldn't do it. It's got something. And I'm not sure whether it was planned. But it's there." Price Co. was founded by Price and his son, Robert, in 1976 in Southern California as a wholesale-only business. But it did not generate enough sales, so the Prices decided to open up to group members a few months later. "We knew there was a need for something like this, but we didn't dream we'd turn up the volumes we turned up," Sol Price said. The 11 Price warehouses in operation throughout fiscal 1984 averaged an estimated $92 million in sales each, Ellis says. At least five Price Clubs will exceed $100 million in volume in 1985, he estimates. Price Clubs operate with a gross margin of 10 percent and generate a pretax profit margin of 4 percent, the analyst says. "Price Club's enormous success has spawned myriad 'clones' that are systematically staking out markets all over the country in an effort to be the first in each area to establish this exciting new wholesale-retail concept," he said. Loveless, at Wal-Mart, said, "Our chairman, Sam Walton, is always studying other forms of retailing and naturally was interested in the concept based on the figures Price was producing." The industry's key players include Costco Wholesale Club of Seattle; Pace Membership Warehouse of Aurora, Colo.; Wholesale Club of Indianapolis; Warehouse Club of Niles, 111.; B.J.'s Wholesale Club, a unit of Zayre Corp. of Framingham, Mass.; and Seattle-based Pay 'N Save Corp.' Price-Savers. 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The actions came two days after Mesa Partners purchased a bloc of 6.7 million Unocal shares, increasing its stake in the international oil company to 13.6 percent, and one day after the group said it wanted to delay the shareholders meeting while it considered launching a bid to take control of Unocal or force a restructuring of the company. Unocal was the most active issue for a third straight day on the New York Stock Exchange, rising 87 Vj cents to close at S50.37V2 a share. Pickens is the chairman of Mesa Petroleum Co. Unocal is parent of the Union Oil Co. of California. Mesa Partners already has spent $1.05 billion to buy Unocal stock and it has said it is taking with lenders about arranging additional financing for possible further purchases. In a two-paragraph statement, Unocal turned down the Pickens proposal to postpone Unocal's annual meeting from April 29 to June 28. 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