TULSA, Okla., Sept. 19, 2011 – Thursday, Sept. 29, a new Sam’s Club at 7757 S. Olympia Ave. W. opens, meaning consumers in West Tulsa no longer have to drive across the Arkansas River to access great values. The third location in the Tulsa area is located in the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center off Highway 75 between 71st and 81st Streets.
“We are here to serve West Tulsa and the surrounding communities, including Jenks, Glenpool, Sapulpa, Okmulgee and Sand Springs,” said club manager Mike Floyd. “And we want them to know we have an enthusiastic team ready to serve the community.”
Floyd, who has been manager of the two other Sam’s Club locations in Tulsa, points out that the newest club has special features, including a hearing center and diesel fuel in its now open gas station.
More than 230 associates, along with community leaders and local dignitaries, will celebrate the official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 29. Doors will open to members immediately following the ceremony.
Josh Driskell, president of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, said, “The Jenks community couldn’t be more pleased to have a Sam’s Club located at the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center. For our businesses and the residents of the area, this will not be just another place to shop closer to home, but an employer and a community partner. The Jenks Chamber looks forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Sam’s Club and the wonderful people there.”
Club to Employ 230 Associates
The club plans to employ approximately 230 associates. Floyd has been in the Tulsa area since 2001 and has recently joined the board of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce. Floyd joined Sam’s Club in May 1992 in Dallas as an assistant manager.
“Since Sam’s Club first joined our community in 1985, it has been an active member of the Tulsa Metro Chamber,” said Ruth Littlefield, vice president, membership, development and relations at the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce. “The business’ involvement in the Chamber has helped strengthen not only our organization, but also the entire Tulsa region. The Tulsa Metro Chamber commends Sam’s Club for its capital investment and the creation of new jobs in the Tulsa area.”
$45,000 in Grants to Community Groups
As part of the grand opening, associates from the Tulsa club will present a $20,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Tulsa.
Marla Mayberry, Tulsa area director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, said the grant will be used to continue the Amachi Program, which will soon lose federal funding. The Amachi Program is a volunteer supported mentoring program which assists children with one or both parents in prison.
“Sam’s Club and Walmart have always been great at supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters. But this is the biggest and best gift so far from Sam’s Club and we are so grateful,” said Mayberry. “There are 27,000 children in Oklahoma that have one or both parents incarcerated today. We are so appreciative of this grant money that will help these children reach their potential through our one-to-one relationships with our adult mentors.”
In addition, the club has selected other local organizations to receive more than $25,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation. Recipients include Jenks Public School Foundation, Mark Twain Elementary School, Southeast Tulsa Rotary Club, Humane Society of Tulsa, Allan Davis Ministry Center, Native American Coalition of Tulsa Head Start, Tulsa Firefighters’ Educational Clowns, and the Tulsa Police Department, among others.
The new Sam’s Club strives to fight hunger in the area by making regular product donations to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the largest private hunger relief organization in Eastern Oklahoma. The program is part of a partnership between Sam’s Club and Feeding America. The local food bank feeds approximately 60,000 people each week, and serves 450 partner programs in 24 counties in Eastern Oklahoma. These programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, after-school programs and senior citizen centers.
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.
Local Products, Exceptional Value for Business and Home
Floyd said the new club will feature many Oklahoma products, including Oklahoma Style Barbecue Sauce and special items from Schwab’s Meats (based in Oklahoma City), as well as My Brother’s Salsa and outdoor furniture by 3B Workshop.
Added Savings with eValues
eValues is a membership benefit program for Plus members and provides personalized savings on hundreds of items including fresh foods, health and beauty products, and office supplies available at Sam’s Club locations.
There are no coupons to clip and no rebate forms to complete and mail with eValues. Sam’s Club Plus members will receive customized offers tailored to them and discounts will be automatically taken at the register using their existing membership cards.
The eValues benefit is included in both the Advantage and Business versions of the Sam’s Club Plus membership; both cost $100 annually. Sam’s Club estimates Plus members will save more than $200 per year with eValues.
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.