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New Sam's Club Welcomes Gilbert Community to Grand Opening
Celebration Includes Deen Brothers Visit and $35,000 in donations

BENTONVILLE, ARK., January 10, 2008 –Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will open a new facility at 2621 South Market Street, Gilbert, AZ 85295.

Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, January 17. The Deen Brothers, sons of Paula Deen and hosts of Food Network’s Road Tasted, are scheduled to appear from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and autograph purchased copies of their “Deen Bros. Cookbook.” The public is welcome. *A service fee of 10 percent is required on all non-member purchases.

Prior to Sam’s Club grand opening, an exclusive tour for the news media is planned at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 15 during which 13 local charities and community organizations will receive grants totaling $35,000.

Wednesday, January 16, Business Members are invited to attend a breakfast and club preview. During the preview, new and current business members can learn ways employee health insurance, Fax-n-Pullsm, Gold Key Hours and other services help their businesses thrive.

“We are excited to serve the needs of the Gilbert community with a new Sam’s Club, and we are ready to help Phoenix prepare for the biggest football game of the year,” said Martha Monteverde, club manager. “Our members know they can count on us to deliver exceptional values on quality merchandise and we look forward to help Gilbert business owners and area families enjoy the benefits of a Sam’s Club membership.”

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, 9:00 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 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

A new Sam’s Club logo graces the entry and interior of the building as part of an effort to refresh and update branding.

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.

Sam’s Club Corporate Facts

• First Sam’s Club opened in 1983 in Midwest City, Okla.
• More than 580 Sam’s Club locations in U.S.
• Associate count--approx. 109,000
• International locations:
Puerto Rico – 9
Mexico – 70
Canada – 6
Brazil – 15
China – 3

Gilbert Good Works Grant Recipients

Chandler Gilbert Community College - $5000 Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley - $5000
Gilbert Police Department K-9 Unit – $5000 Riparian Preserve – $2000
Town of Gilbert – Special Needs Program – $2000 Valley Cats and Dogs – $2000
Gilbert Senior Center – $2000 Town of Gilbert Sonora Town Park – $2000
Child Crisis Center – $2000 Queen Creek School District – $2000
Higley School District – $2000 Gilbert High School Special Ed – $2000
Gilbert Elementary – $2000




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