History
MEET SAM’S CLUB

Our founder Sam Walton was the most notable business leader of his time—but no matter how much success he achieved, he never forgot where it all started. Once a humble entrepreneur with a successful five-and-dime, Mr. Sam knew firsthand the challenges of running a small business. Passionate for leadership through service, Mr. Sam wanted to leverage his resources to help other entrepreneurs like himself access the products and services they needed to make their small businesses succeed. That’s why in 1983, he opened the first Sam’s Club in Midwest City, Okla. Today, Sam’s Club wants to be the most valuable membership club in the world for our members. We have grown to offer solutions not just for entrepreneurs and small businesses, but also for families and everyday living. As the nation’s eighth largest retailer based on annual net sales, Sam’s Club serves millions of members at SamsClub.com and in 650+ locations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Sam’s Club is a membership warehouse club, a limited-item business model that offers our members quality products at an exceptional value unmatched by traditional retail.

Instead of stocking every item in every available brand, Sam’s Club merchants do the homework for our members, stocking the right products and purchasing them in large quantities, passing on the savings to our members. We also reduce costs by maintaining a simple shopping environment, often displaying our merchandise on shipping pallets so we can move new items in just as quickly as they move out.

Sam’s Club also provides a variety of member services, such as Instant Savings, Cash Rewards, 5-3-1 cash back MasterCard, free monthly health screenings, daily “Tastes & Tips” sampling demonstrations and members-only savings on travel, prescriptions and fuel. We offer several convenience services tailored to the needs of small business owners, too, including small business loans, savings on merchant payment processing and cost-saving invoice comparisons.

Nothing mattered more to Mr. Sam than serving his customers, and it is to this commitment that he attributed his immense success. “Our philosophy has always been simple,” he once said. “We are the agents for our customers.” At Sam’s Club, we live out his promise by delivering simple savings to our members on items they can trust. Life is Better in the Club – anywhere, anytime.