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Sam's Club Opens Linden Location
BENTONVILLE, ARK., January 24, 2008 –Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and one of the nation’s largest warehouse clubs will open a new facility at 1900 East Linden Ave, Linden, NJ 07036.

Prior to the Sam’s Club grand opening for the public, an exclusive tour for the news media is planned at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, during which 27 local charities and community organizations will receive grants totaling $37,000. The grant presentation begins with a special breakfast for all grant recipients, and Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Media are invited to attend the breakfast and check presentation prior to the club tour.

Wednesday, January 30, 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, and Gold Key Hours.

Membership Assistant Manager Slawomire”Swavek” Dziuba, Checkout Supervisor Ram K Subedi and Cashier Luz Rosario, who speak a total of eight languages, will host Meet the Manager from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. This event gives local business owners an exclusive opportunity to learn how Sam’s Club can help their businesses save on everyday needs as well as grow their profitability.

Grand opening ceremonies will begin at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, January 31. Several special events are also planned throughout the month. Twin Towers

Massage is scheduled to be at the new club January 30 to February 10 and George DeLaillo Co., an Italian Food Road Show, is scheduled for January 31- February 11.

“We are excited to serve the needs of the Linden community with a new Sam’s Club,” said Trina Rumph, 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 Linden and the surrounding areas by helping them to cut costs and achieve further success.”

Sam’s Club offers a variety of services through its third party providers, 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, 9:00 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.

Linden Good Works Grant Recipients

Friends of Linden Animal Shelter $2000 Linden Public Library $1000
Meals on Wheels $2000 Linden Emergency Medical Services $2000
Linden Fire Prevention $2000 Polish Legion American Vets $1000
Linden Police Dept. $1000 Linden PBA Local #42 $1000
Linden PAL $1000 Linden Interfaith for Community Services $2000
IB Vision Services Co. $1000 American Legion (color guard) Post 102 $2000
Linden Cultural Committee $1000 Friends of Linden Linden Library Inc. $1000
Kiwanis of Linden $1000 The Arc of Union County $1000
Boys & Girls Club of Union $1000 American Lung Association—Union $1000
Special Wishes Foundation—Union Family & Children’s Services $1000
Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless $1000 YWCA Ea. Union County $1000
New Horizons in Autism $1000 Tri-County Red Cross $1000
Union County College Foundation $5000 Linden County Chamber of Commerce $1000
Trinitas Health Foundation $1000

Sam’s Club Corporate Facts

• First Sam’s Club opened in 1983 in Midwest City, Okla.
• More than 590 Sam’s Club locations in U.S.
• Associate count--approx. 109,000

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.

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