DALLAS, Sept. 1, 2010 – Thursday, Sept. 8, Sam’s Club opens on Northwest Highway & Skillman Street in the Timber Creek Crossing shopping center with additional services, an expanded merchandise selection, and a design that incorporates convenience with a consumer-friendly layout. Several local organizations will receive a total of $10,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation during the opening event. Local business owners, college students and moms-on-the-go looking for ways to save in today’s economy will find exceptional values on products from brand-name electronics to fresh produce and $4 generic prescriptions.
More than 180 Sam’s Club associates, community leaders and local dignitaries will celebrate the official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 8.
The new 145,000-square-foot location will be at 6185 Retail Road in Dallas. It is the first floor of the new double-decker Sam’s Club and Walmart, marking the first Walmart in the Skillman area. The Walmart store opened Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.
“More and more people turn to Sam’s Club to help them save money in this tight economy,” said Travis Lewis, club manager. “Small-business owners, families and even college students are finding that their money goes further here.”
The relocated club offers an optical center and full-service pharmacy featuring $4 and $10 generic prescriptions, great deals on branded prescriptions and an average savings of 50 percent* over traditional retailers on over-the-counter merchandise. In addition to its fresh produce, Sam’s Club introduces a portfolio of quality, exclusive brands including recently launched proprietary brand – Daily Chef and Artisan Fresh. Delicious and ready to serve meals, including pastries, deli items, gluten-free rotisserie chicken, pre-marinated meats and freshly prepared meals are also available for young professionals on the go.
“The community seems most excited about the new services being added, including a hearing center, a fuel station and a liquor store,” explained Lewis. “Our home efficiency merchandise offers customers products they can use to decrease their home and business energy usage, such as CFL light bulbs, LED light fixtures, Energy Star® air conditioning units and small kitchen appliances,” he added.
“We offer the office supplies, food and cleaning items that Sam’s Club members have come to expect,” said Lewis. “We also offer the latest technology for home and office, outdoor furniture, designer handbags and high quality jewelry.”
Sam’s Club membership provides superior access to merchandise and services for the business owner, homeowner or college student seeking the best value all under one roof. Small business owners and operators have access to special services to help increase productivity and profitability including small business loans and merchant and credit card processing provided by third party vendors.
Grand Opening Events
As part of the grand-opening celebration, Sam’s Club will offer the following events to its members:
Sept. 8, 2011
- Appearances by Randy White and Jeff Starr
- Appearances by the Dallas Mavericks Cheerleaders and NBA Championship Trophy
Sept. 10, 2011
- Diabetes Health Screening
- Appearance by Charles Haley, Super Bowl Champion
Appearances by Tony Dorsett and Paula Deen will also be made at the Sam’s Club in October.
Club to Employ 180 Associates
The Skillman club will employ approximately 180 associates, including approximately 50 new positions created by the relocation. Almost 20 of the associates have worked for Sam’s Club or Walmart for more than ten years.
Sam’s Club Celebrates Community Commitment
As part of the Sam’s Club commitment to give back to the communities it serves, associates have selected several local organizations to receive a total of $10,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation, including Make-a-Wish Foundation, Dallas Fire Department, Dallas Police Department, Dallas Children’s Theater, Presbyterian Foundation and the local Soup Mobile.
The newly relocated Sam’s Club also fights hunger in the area by making regular product donations to North Texas Food Bank. The program is part of a partnership between Sam’s Club and Feeding America. Sam’s Club locations across the country regularly donate perishable food items to area hunger relief agencies, helping fight hunger in their communities and reducing food waste. Last year, Sam’s Club donated more than 13 million pounds to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity.
Added Savings with eValues
Sam’s Club eValues is a membership benefit program for Plus members, providing personalized savings and discounts tailored to the member on hundreds of items including fresh foods, health and beauty products and office supplies, in addition to other quality goods and services available at Sam’s Club locations.
With no coupons to clip and no rebate forms to complete and mail, eValues are automatically loaded on existing membership cards and discounts taken at the register.
Sam’s Club estimates Plus members will receive more than $300 per year in eValues offers.
*Based on estimated annualized savings on items members purchased in select categories derived from a survey conducted in 30 U.S. markets between 10/31/10 and 11/20/10 comparing our regular unit prices to regular and shelf-visible sale and loyalty discount unit prices of selected non-club competitor, including, but not limited to, grocery stores and mass retailers, but excluding Walmart®. Local savings for individual customers may vary.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading Membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million Members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 30 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made SimpleSM, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.