Sam's Club Opens Fayetteville Location
New Club Focuses on Sustainability, Selection and Services
BENTONVILLE, ARK., Sept. 6, 2007 – Area residents will gain a fresh new shopping choice as well as a champion of sustainability, service and community support when the new Fayetteville Sam’s Club opens next week. As an expanded relocation of the Springdale facility, the club will continue to serve Washington County and the region. The club, which is located at I-540, exit 66, will celebrate its grand opening Thursday, Sept. 13.
Several special activities are planned to commemorate the opening.
• Business members are invited to attend a breakfast and club preview from 7 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12
• A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 9:15 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, during which seven local charities and community organizations will receive grants totaling $20,000
• Ribbon-cutting and mural dedication ceremonies will follow the ceremony with the club opening at 10 a.m.
• World-renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will appear and sign product on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Local culinary expert Miles James, head chef, James at the Mill, will provide a cooking demonstration on Friday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Sam’s Club will be a huge asset to Fayetteville in so many ways,” said Mayor Dan Coody. “The design of this unique club demonstrates the company’s commitment to the environment, and their generosity in supporting local charities, city services and organizations demonstrates their commitment to improving the quality of life for residents throughout the area.”
“We are delighted to be coming to Fayetteville,” said Shane Holtrey, club manager. “This is an exciting time in our club’s history and for our company.” We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and we appreciate the support of our current members throughout Northwest Arkansas and look forward to assisting them in our new location in Fayetteville.”
The Fayetteville club showcases numerous environmentally sustainable features designed by the Sam’s Club operations team including:
• Energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in the freezer cases that generate minimal heat and use 50 percent less electricity than traditional fluorescent fixtures
• Motion-sensor lighting on freezers and coolers to conserve energy when no one is present
• More than 200 skylights and an improved daylight harvesting/ skylight system that reduces consumption even more than in previous installations
• Closed loop CO2 secondary refrigeration system in the freezer cases and a closed loop secondary glycol system in the chilled food/beverage areas that significantly reduce conventional refrigerant charge and greenhouse gas impact and uses fewer materials such as copper piping
• On-site water treatments such as:
- bio-swale that removes sediment from water before it enters the storm water sewer system,
- storm sewer inlet that allows for debris to fall out before entering the storm water treatment inlet which removes oil and pollutants remaining in the storm water prior to entering the retention pond located in the back of the club.
- above ground two tank system to harvest rainwater from the roof of the building to irrigate landscaping via a drip irrigation system and to provide water needed by the cooling tower serving the refrigeration system, and
- on-site car wash that can reclaim approximately 60 percent of the water used. (Car washes actually use less water than washing vehicles at home.)
• Rainwater harvesting from portion of rooftop to supplement landscape irrigation and club cooling system
• Recycling services for tires, batteries, cardboard, single-use cameras, food waste, plastic waste and building materials
Additional new features at the Fayetteville Sam’s Club include:
• A trailhead map identifying the club’s various sustainability features and locations both inside the club and throughout the grounds
• A member’s-only gas station and car wash
• A Sam’s Club liquor store, which is open to the general public
• A pharmacy, optical center, one-hour photo, expanded café and a tire and battery center
• A stone and brick façade featuring the new Sam’s Club logo
Sam’s Club also offers its members a variety of services including health insurance, merchant credit card processing solutions and Web site development. Business members can take advantage of Gold Key hours, which are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., as well as services such as Fax-n-Pull and Click-n-Pull. 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 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
• 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 a.m. on Saturday.
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. members with locations nationwide, and in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. 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.
Fayetteville Good Works Grant Recipients
Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association
Fayetteville Police Department
Fayetteville Fire Department
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Fayetteville Animal Services
Children’s Safety Center
Fayetteville Public Schools
Sams Club Corporate Facts
• First Sam’s Club opened in 1983 in Midwest City, Okla.
• There are 586 Sam’s Club locations in the U.S.
• Total club square footage is approx. 136,000 square feet
• Total liquor store square footage approx. 6,500
• Parking spots at club: 605
• International locations:
Puerto Rico – 9
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