BROOKLYN - Wholesale chain BJ's is officially coming to Brooklyn.

Thor Equities has received final zoning approval from the City Council to redevelop the Bay Center, which has been vacant for years. The lower floor will house BJ's, while the upper floor will be marketed to commercial tenants.

Developers say the center will create 250 unionized construction, trade and planning jobs, and that preference for those positions will go to Brooklyn residents. Many say they're excited about the project, but others are worried it will have a negative impact on small businesses.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.