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05/04

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Small Businesses In Topeka Will Benefit From Expansion Of Sam's Club

Membership Warehouse Club will continue to serve as a Valuable Resource for Small Businesses Owners and Consumers; Entire Community will benefit from new jobs, and more than $22,000 in Charitable Contributions.

TOPEKA, Kan.– May 5, 2005 – Small business owners in the Topeka community are clamoring to get a glimpse at the new look of their SAM’S CLUB, located at 1401 S.W. Wanamaker, which will hold a special re-grand opening ceremony and grant presentation this Thursday, May 5, at 9:30 a.m. Influential community leaders, Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, entrepreneurs and various non-profit organizations are expected to join over 180 associates in the festivities.

According to the U. S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employers and have generated 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs annually over the last decade. Owners and operators of local businesses – such as offices, child care, schools, restaurants, motels, vending companies, churches, contractors and beauty shops – stand to gain the most from the expansion of the Club, which offers convenient and cost-efficient warehouse for businesses to purchase materials and supplies at our Every Day Low Cost.

"Small businesses are important to us because they are the backbone and engine of our economy,” said Shaun Deegan, general manager. “By offering quality brands and additional
benefits at Every Day Low Cost, we help the small businesses in this community succeed.”

SAM’S CLUB provides a range of additional small business services and benefits that help
entrepreneurs increase productivity and profitability, including:
* Gold Key hours that reserve the entire Club exclusively for business members to
shop before normal operating hours.
* Business services, including health discounts, payroll, insurance and retirement
planning that simplify administration and financial management tasks.
* Click ‘n’ Pull and Fax ‘n’ Pull is express ordering that allows members to order
online at samsclub.com or place their orders via fax. Orders placed by 5 p.m. will be
pulled and ready for pickup by 7 a.m. the following day. This added service provides
members convenience and is used largely by business members as a time savings
benefit.

Becoming a Vital Member of the Community
The Topeka SAM’S CLUB employs over 180 associates, and will continue to generate additional sales tax revenue for city. Additionally, through our charitable giving initiative, the company is committed to making a positive impact on the communities it serves. During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Club associates will contribute more than $22,000 to area non-profit organizations through Wal-Mart’s Good.Works. community involvement program.

Join the Treasure Hunt
In addition to being a partner for America’s entrepreneurs, SAM’S CLUB offers a treasure hunt shopping experience complete with an extensive inventory of house wares, food, electronics and upscale jewelry.

Consumers will find consistent savings on more than 4,000 items from daily household supplies and office equipment to luxury products and brand-name merchandise, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Sony, Waterford, and many others.

Additionally, the SAM’S CLUB in Topeka will have several new departments, including 1-hour
photo, bakery, optical and pharmacy.

Regular Club hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to
8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Gold Key Hours for business members are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

SAM’S CLUB (www.samsclub.com), a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is the nation’s largest
warehouse chain in the United States serving small business owners and operators. The
purchasing agent of choice, SAM’S CLUB provides every day low cost to more than 46 million
entrepreneurs and consumers.

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