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Sam's Club® Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Nationwide Open House

Members Report Savings

BENTONVILLE, ARK., April 10, 2007 – Sam’s Club will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a weekend long open house to appreciate members and associates beginning Friday, April 18 at 9:45 a.m. (in each time zone) when members and guest shoppers can a get first glimpse of special anniversary merchandise at exceptional values.

As part of the three day celebration, Sam’s Club is waiving the 10 percent service charge typically applied to all non-member purchases and guests are also welcome to purchase fuel at all Sam’s Club stations at the discounted member rate. In honor of the Silver Anniversary, Sam’s Club has stocked up on special products at exceptional values including digital cameras, high definition TV’s, lawn mowers as well as luxury pillows. In addition, everyday items, choice meats and produce will be featured.

In a recent survey of 2,500 Sam’s Club Business Members, more than 70 percent report saving enough in just one month on their purchases to pay their annual membership fee.

The first Sam’s Club opened in Midwest City, Oklahoma April 7, 1983. At the dedication, Sam Walton shared with the new associates and guests, “when one of our experiments works, watch out.” Sam’s Club began as a wholesale club to help small business owners save on everyday items they needed to run their operations. Through the years, the format evolved to include families and an assorted merchandise mix from fresh meats and produce to high end electronics, pharmacy as well as tire and battery centers.

Kathy Cronemiller from the Oklahoma City area became a member the very first day Sam’s Club opened its doors. To this day, she still shops the Midwest City Club #8241. “I cannot tell you the amount of difference the Sam’s Club price has made for me and my businesses over the last few years,” said Cronemiller. “The prices have been so much cheaper than what I could have gotten from a grocery store. One thing I’ve always liked about Sam’s more than anything else is the group of people that are the associates who work here – and the managers.”

Members and guests will find exciting items in club during the Anniversary Open House at significant values including the following:

  • Nikon CoolPix digital camera for $219.87
  • Phillips High Definition 42” LCD for $1198.00
  • Serta Pillow sets for $9.88
  • HP Photosmart 4250 $59.62
  • Charmin 36 pack for $17.47
  • Pantene Pro-V Shampoo 2 pack for $7.64.
  • Pork Tenderloin $2.88/lb.

Greg Johnston, Executive Vice President of Operations at Sam’s Club started with Wal-Mart in 1982. When reflecting on the past, Johnston said, “While much has changed since the beginning, we are still a membership warehouse club and we recognize our foundation is the small business owner. You can still buy a hotdog and coke for $1.50. We still sell quality items at low prices. We are still committed to giving back to our local communities, and our culture is as strong today as it was when Sam Walton began this company.”

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