MOORHEAD, Minn., March 31, 2014 —Sam’s Club will open its new Moorhead club at 2800 27th Avenue South following an 8 a.m. Grand Opening ceremony Thursday, April 3, adding jobs and a preferred member shopping experience to the region. The membership warehouse club will give residents and small business owners the opportunity to access incredible savings on quality products, including products made locally.
“The Moorhead Sam’s Club will offer exciting merchandise that residents cannot find elsewhere,” said local Sam’s Club Manager Leah Roiko. “We have created a club tailored to the needs of this community and cannot wait to welcome our neighbors in .”
Grand Opening ceremony features local officials, special events and offerings
Mayor Del Rae Williams will be among those participating in the grand opening ceremony. Additionally, City of Moorhead Business Development & Retention Manager, Matt Maslowski, along with city council members and chamber ambassadors will be participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Dilworth VFW Post 1225 will be leading the posting of the colors.
Free health screenings, open to members and the public, will be given opening day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and April 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assess cholesterol, blood pressure, vision, hearing and a variety of other wellness areas.
Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper will be on-hand during grand opening day from 10 a.m. to noon to sign autographs and visit with fans. A three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Vikings, Culpepper had a historic 2004 season in which he set a single-season record for the most total yardage by a quarterback in NFL history.
Quality products help small businesses and busy families
Sam’s Club is bringing a unique, shopper-friendly experience to Moorhead. Busy families can rely on fresh produce, quality meats and home meal solutions, while office supplies, vending machine snacks and paper goods prepare small business members for success. Other benefits for small business owners include early shopping hours, personal shopping through Click ‘n’ Pull, truck-load savings and access to quality items most often used by foodservice businesses, restaurant owners and caterers. Click ‘n’ Pull provides an innovative way for members to save time by using SamsClub.com to select items to be picked up at the club.
Measuring approximately 136,000 square feet, the new club will feature a variety of members-only amenities, including a fresh bakery, a tire and battery center, a café and a fuel station.
A number of health and wellness services are also available. The Sam’s Club Pharmacy, open to both members and the public, features many $4 and $10 generic prescriptions, as well as extraordinary savings on branded prescriptions. In addition to everyday low prices, the Optical Center offers $40 off each additional pair of regularly priced prescription eyeglasses with the purchase of a complete pair of eyeglasses at regular price. Lastly, at the Hearing Aid Center, premium technology in hearing aids and personal listening devices is available from a certified audiologist.
Another benefit open to both members and the public will be the liquor department, available via its own entrance.
New club brings 180 new jobs to community, $40,000 in local grants
To staff the new Moorhead club, Sam’s Club has hired 180 new associates. Sam’s Club currently employs more than 2,000 people in Minnesota.
“We’re thrilled to have built an amazing team of associates to serve this community,” said Roiko. “This is a group of people committed to providing our members the best shopping experience, and to giving back to our neighbors every chance we get.”
In that spirit of giving back, Sam’s Club has selected several local non-profit organizations to benefit from special grants totaling $40,000 as part of the Grand Opening celebration, including the Moorhead Youth Hockey Association, Dorothy Day, Churches United for the Homeless, Soroptimist International of Moorhead, Creative Care for Reaching Independence, Moorhead Fire and Rescue, The Arts Partnership, and The Social Connextion.
“The arrival of Sam’s Club will be a welcome addition to Moorhead, even beyond the economic impact they will bring to our community. Well before the opening of their store, they showed their dedication to our community through a partnership with our local youth hockey association,” said Layne Hanson, President of the MYHA Board of Directors. “We are extremely excited about our partnership with Sam’s Club, and the value that they will bring to the Moorhead community for years to come.”
A Sam's Club membership is an investment that more than pays for itself. Whether buying for a household or a business, a Sam's Club member can access exclusive savings on merchandise and outstanding benefits. With access to additional Instant Savings, early shopping hours, and additional discounts on pharmacy and optical services, Sam’s Plus memberships offer even more with additional great benefits. Sam’s Plus memberships are $100 annually. Sam's Savings memberships and Sam's Business memberships are $45 annually, and include Instant Savings loaded directly onto Member’s cards. Special savings for college students and military families are also available. For more information, visit SamsClub.com/membership.
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 in more than 630 clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. To learn more about Savings Made Simple, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.