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Sam's Club Opens Johnson City Location
New Club Enters Johnson City with Excitement, Unparalleled Selection and Advantageous Services

BENTONVILLE, ARK., May 16, 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 3060 Franklin Terrace Drive, Johnson City, TN 34604.

An exclusive tour for the news media is planned at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 22 during which several local charities and community organizations will receive grants totaling $39,000. Business Members are invited to attend a breakfast and club preview Wednesday, May 23. Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, May 24. In addition, the Cheerios NASCAR style race car will be on display for Members.

“We are looking forward to be serving the growing needs of the tri-cities community with a new Sam’s Club,” said Adam Maurer, 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. The Johnson City Sam’s Club will also offer a pharmacy and photo center. In addition, we expect to be better able to serve the growing number small businesses in the tri-cities and to them help cut costs and achieve further success.”

Some of the Johnson City Sam’s Club new features include:
• LED (light-emitting diode) lights in the freezer/coolers and jewelry section enhance merchandise display and require only a fraction of the electricity used by standard lamps and reduce maintenance.
• Additional skylights to 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 health insurance, 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.

Johnson City Good Works Grant Recipients

Chamber of Commerce for “Keep Washington County Beautiful”
$5,000

Mountain States Foundation
$5,000

South Side Elementary School
$5,000

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
$1,000

Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.
$1,000

National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
$1,000

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts – Tennessee Chapter
$1,250

Johnson City Fire Department
$3,000

Dawn of Hope Foundation
$2,000

Children’s Advocacy Center of First Judicial District
$2,000

Tennessee Foster Care Association, Inc.
$2,000

Knoxville Scottish Rite Foundation
$1,000

East Tennessee Christian H 517 Allen Ave.
$2,000

Mountain Region Speech & Hearing Center
$1,250

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities
$2,000

Kingsport Diabetes Association, Inc.
$1,500

Young Men’s Christian Association of Greene County Tennessee
$1,000

Elizabeth Boys & Girls Club
$2,000

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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—135,469
• Associate count--approx 155
• 102 International locations:
Puerto Rico – 9
Mexico – 70
Canada – 6
Brazil – 15
China – 3