JOHNSON CITY, NY (WIVT/WBGH) – A former anchor store at the Oakdale Commons is being torn down to be replaced by a BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Gorick Construction has been busy tearing down the old Bon-Ton Department Store to make way for BJ’s.

The national members-only retail warehouse chain is also installing a gas facility for its members outside of the building.

Doug Matthews of Spark JC tells NewsChannel 34 that the Bon-Ton demolition is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

Matthews says site preparation needs to be completed by June 1st so that construction of a new 100,000 square foot building can begin.

The store is expected to open early next year.