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Sam’s Club Extends Early Shopping Hours

Bentonville, AR—June 14, 2010— Sam’s Club is offering its consumer Advantage Plus Members access to early shopping hours from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays, and 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturdays, beginning today in all of its U.S. locations. 

Sam’s Club started Gold Key hours in the late 1988’s exclusively for its Business Members to shop early. The change now is part of an effort to help families juggle busy schedules and increase the benefits Sam’s Club Plus Members receive.  Plus Members may now experience the convenience of early shopping along with Business Members. Plus Members pay $100 annually to shop at Sam’s Club and also have access to personalized digital offers through its eValues® program.

 “We are excited to extend the benefit of early shopping hours to our Advantage Plus Members and believe they will find the convenience and additional access to Sam’s Club helpful,” said Mike Turner, vice president, Membership. “We want to do all we can to help simplify their lives and know the demands on their time continue to grow.” 

Sam’s Club tested the new shopping hours for its Advantage Plus Members earlier this month and the feedback was positive. 

“I’ve been a Business Member at Sam’s Club for fourteen years and have enjoyed the early shopping hours,” said Mark Spaight. “I think it’s great that all of Sam’s Club Plus Members will be able to also shop early now, it’s such a convenience.” 

“I am a single working woman and my job starts late mornings. Now, I can go to Sam’s Club before work and won’t have to cook, clean or shop late anymore. Early shopping hours will make it easier for me and I plan to take advantage of this fully,” said Vangle Shumpert-Stone.  

Sam’s Club will maintain a flat bed lane during early hours for typically large business type purchases. Signage will be updated at all of the company’s 594 locations in the U.S. throughout the month. 

Sam’s Club offers all of its members the convenience and time-savings of ordering ahead through its Click n’ Pull® program online. Members simply complete their order by 5 p.m., and then associates pull and organize the items for pick up at the location of their choice the following day. 

About Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide, as well as in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club saves its members on average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers by offering superior values on quality merchandise and services for home or work. Saving is made simple at Sam’s Club. Visit samsclub.com for more information.