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Sam's Club Welcomes Auburn Community To Grand Opening Celebration
New Club Opens Just in Time for Pro Football Party Season

BENTONVILLE, ARK., January 7, 2008 –Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will open a new facility at 2335 Bent Creek Rd, Auburn, AL 36830. The new location marks the 11th Sam’s Club location in Alabama.

Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, January 17. To celebrate the newest Sam’s Club location, Auburn Athletic Director Emeritus David Housel is scheduled to appear and sign his book Auburn University Football Vault January 19 from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Prior to Sam’s Club grand opening for the public, an exclusive tour for the news media is planned at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 15 during which 15 local charities and community organizations will receive grants totaling $42, 000.

Wednesday, January 16, Business Members are invited to attend a breakfast and club preview. New and current business members will have opportunity to learn about employee health insurance, fax-n-pullsm, Gold Key Hours and other services to help their businesses thrive.

“We are excited to serve the needs of the Auburn community with a new Sam’s Club,” said Aubrey Morrison, 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 and jewelry. In addition, we expect to be better able to serve the growing number of small businesses in Auburn and the surrounding areas by helping them to cut costs and achieve further success.”

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

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

Auburn Good Works Grant Recipients

Opelika High School – $5000 Boys and Girls Club Of Greater Lee County Inc. – $2000
Storybook Farm Inc. – $2000 Lee County Sheriffs Department – $2000
Lee-Russell Aging Foundation – $2000 Habitat for Humanity International Inc. – $2000
Food Bank Of East Alabama Inc. – $3000 Alabama Kiwanis Foundation Inc – $1500
Child Care Resource Center Inc – $1500 American Red Cross – $2000
Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc. – $2000 City of Auburn Fire Department – $5000
City of Auburn Police Department – $5000 Keep Opelika Beautiful Inc. - $2000

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