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Sam's Club Opens Columbus Location
Relocated Club Offers Community Unparalleled Selection and Services

BENTONVILLE, ARK., January 11, 2007 –Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and one of the nation’s largest warehouse clubs will open a local facility at 5448 “A” Whittlessy Boulevard.

An exclusive tour for the news media is planned at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 16 during which ten local charities and community organizations will receive grants totaling $27,000. Business Members are invited to attend a breakfast and club preview Wednesday, January 17. Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, January 18.

“We are excited to continue serving the needs of the Columbus community with a new Sam’s Club,” said Keith Baker, club manager. “We believe existing Members in the region, as well as shoppers unfamiliar with warehouse clubs, will enjoy and find value in our selection of fresh foods, brand name electronics, jewelry and exciting treasure hunt items. In addition, we expect to be better able to serve the number of small businesses in Columbus and the surrounding areas as a convenient partner to help cut costs and achieve further success.”

Some of the Columbus Sam’s Club new features include:
• Expanded Member services that include photo, optical and pharmacy.
• Additional skylights maximize the use of natural daylight.
• Outside, a new Sam’s Club logo graces the entry as part of an effort to refresh and update branding.

Sam’s Club offers a variety of services including merchant credit card processing and travel services as well as other programs. Both Business and Advantage Members can save even more on club services and purchases with a Plus Membership earning up to two percent cash back by using a Sam’s Club Discover card.

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

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and ranks as one of the nation’s largest warehouse clubs with 47 million U.S. Members. The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1983. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and club information is available at samsclub.com.

Columbus Good Works Grant Recipients

Columbus Alliance for Regional Investment – Partners in Education
$4,750

City of Columbus Police Department
$3,000

City of Columbus Fire/EMS
$3,000

Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department
$3,000

God Bless Fort Benning Day
$5,000

Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce
$4,250

Boys Scouts of America Council – Chattahoochee Council
$1,000

Johnsons Express Inc.
$1,000

International Association of Lions Club
$1,000

Methodist Home of the South Georgia Conference
$1,000
SAM’S CLUB CORPORATE FACTS

• First Sam’s Club opened in 1983 in Midwest City, Okla.
• 575 SAM’S CLUB locations in U.S.
• Square footage—153,400
• Total site acreage (with Wal-Mart)--approx. 45
• Associate count—approximately 221
• 102 International locations:
Puerto Rico – 9
Mexico – 70
Canada – 6
Brazil – 15
China – 3

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