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Baseball Legends Open New Sam's Club
Grand Opening in Port St. Lucie hosts former Mets stars Howard Johnson and Tim Teufsel

BENTONVILLE, ARK., January 7, 2008 –Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will open a new facility at 1750 SW Gatlin Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953.

Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, January 17. Former Mets players and key members of the 1986 World Championship Mets team, Howard Johnson and Tim Teufel, are scheduled to appear and sign autographs from noon to 2:00 p.m. Slider, mascot of the Port St. Lucie Mets, is also scheduled to appear.

Prior to opening for the general 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 $37,000.

Wednesday, January 16, Business Members are invited to attend a breakfast and club preview. During the preview, new and current business members can learn 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 Port St. Lucie community with a new Sam’s Club,” said Daniel Philipsen, 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 growing number of small businesses in Port St. Lucie 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

Port St. Lucie Good Works Grant Recipients

Treasure Coast Hospices - $5000 St. Lucie Habitat For Humanity – $5000
St Lucie County Veterans Services – $5000 Treasure Coast Food Bank – $3000
St Lucie County Sheriffs Department – $3000 City Of Port St Lucie Police Department – $3000
Boys & Girls Club Of St Lucie County – $2000 St Lucie County Fire Department – $2000
Council on Aging Of St Lucie, Inc – $2000 Big Brothers Big Sisters Of St Lucie County – $2000
The Humane Society Of St Lucie County – $1000 Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast, Inc – $1000

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