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First Sam's Club in Yavapai County to Open in Prescott Valley

Town, local businesses and non-profit organizations to reap benefits with Club’s debut

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz., Oct. 13, 2008 – Local businesses, college students, retirees and moms-on-the-run will soon have a new destination for their shopping needs. Yavapai County’s first Sam’s Club will open Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Prescott Valley Crossroads shopping center. The Club, located directly off Highway 69 with easy access from Interstate 17, will provide area residents with a number of high quality products and services at exceptional values. Whether the need is office supplies, the latest computer for school, prescription drugs or fashionable accessories, the new Sam’s Club is the perfect place to go for shoppers throughout the Quad City area.

“From small-business owners looking for office furniture to budget-conscious families stocking up on school lunch supplies, shoppers will find savings at the new Club,” said Club Manager Brandon Holmes. “We also offer products ranging from household necessities to luxury items that make the perfect holiday gift.”

“I anticipate this Sam’s Club will draw shoppers from a 45-mile radius surrounding Prescott Valley,” said Mayor Harvey Skoog. “It will be nice for our citizens to have a Sam’s Club at their doorsteps. This will mean a lot to our community in terms of both sales tax revenue and our town’s growth as a regional shopping destination.”

The 137,714-square-foot warehouse club will employ 170 associates and will distribute $18,000 in community grants in recognition of the grand opening.

Numerous Membership Options for Work and Home
A variety of Sam’s Club Memberships provide local businesses, individuals and college students the opportunity for big savings on home, school and office products. With individual Advantage Memberships starting at $40, Members can enjoy full shopping privileges at the Prescott Valley Sam’s Club, at 599 Club locations nationwide and online at samsclub.com.

Club leaders are already seeing local businesses sign up to take advantage of Business Memberships, which start at $35 and include extended Gold Key shopping hours, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Antelope Lanes, the Old Mill Restaurant, Yavapai Mechanical LLC, Many Trails RV and the Cassie’s Corner stores are just a few of the businesses anxious to experience Sam’s Club shopping in Prescott Valley.

“It is so convenient for us as far as location,” said Tom Applegate, president of Many Trails RV, a new Business PLUS Member. “To purchase locally all of our office supplies and paper goods in bulk is a real plus. And with this being the first Sam’s Club in the area, we’re thrilled it is in Prescott Valley so our sales tax dollars stay here,” added Applegate.

Additionally, with a valid college ID and collegiate e-mail address, area students from Yavapai Community College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University can obtain a year-long Collegiate Membership. The Collegiate Membership sells for $40, and includes a $15 gift card to help offset the cost of their first purchase.
(Editor’s Note: For more detailed information on the Membership options, please see page 3 of this release or go to samsclub.com.)

Wide Variety of Products Offered
Sam’s Club Memberships provide shoppers the opportunity to save on a complete line of products from quality jewelry and designer goods, to sunglasses, crystal and collectibles. The Club offers a vast selection of electronics such as flat screen televisions, camcorders, digital cameras and video gaming systems. For the home, furniture, kitchen appliances, barbecue grills and fitness equipment are available. The pharmacy offers $4 and $10 prescriptions that are available at all Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations, as well as great deals on branded prescriptions. The Club also features apparel, tires and car batteries, a photo lab, an optical center, a café and a fresh floral department. A Sam’s Club fuel station with 12 pumps recently opened in front of the store.

With the holidays approaching, caterers and party planners can take advantage of the wide array of food items including fresh produce and choice meats, gourmet cheeses, hors d’oeuvres trays and liquor sales.

Economic Impact Due to New Jobs
The Prescott Valley Sam’s Club plans to employ 170 associates. The creation of these new jobs cannot be overlooked in today’s economy.

“Whether it’s a student in an entry-level position, a retiree choosing to work part-time or a mother working a second job to supplement her income, Sam’s Club employment opportunities provide an economic boost to our area,” said Skoog.

Club to Contribute to Community from Day One
As a part of the grand opening celebration, Holmes and other Club leaders will present $18,000 in grant checks to four local non-profit organizations. The Boys and Girls Club of Central Yavapai will receive a $3,000 check. Meals on Wheels, Stepping Stones and the Prescott Valley Public Library Foundation will each receive $5,000 grants. The library grant will go toward fundraising efforts for the town’s new library, which is scheduled to open in July of 2009.

“We are just beginning our fundraising, and to receive this grant gives us viability with the business community,” says Prescott Valley Library Foundation Board President Ellen Babbitt. “We are grateful to Sam’s Club and the company’s steadfast commitment to literacy,” added Babbitt. “It is through partnerships with businesses such as Sam’s Club that our foundation will be able to make our new library a vital part of the community.”

Sam’s Club and Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand
The Club will also have a Home Efficiency Center to showcase products and appliances to help consumers be more eco-friendly and save money. Items include a full line of Energy Star® appliances as well as low flow toilets and advanced high efficiency shower heads. There is also an assortment of lighting options including compact fluorescent light bulbs and the next generation LED energy efficient lights for the home.

Reusable shopping totes will be available for sale. Each polypropylene bag can hold more than 50 pounds. The company estimates it will be able to remove more than 3,200 pounds of cardboard and package waste at the Prescott Valley club per year by offering the reusable shopping totes.

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, Okla., 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 www.samsclub.com.

Fact Sheet
Prescott Valley Sam’s Club

Club Fast Facts

  • Grand opening: Thursday, Oct. 23, 9:45 a.m.
  • Business Preview: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 a.m. until noon (shopping and sneak peek for Business Members only)
  • Community Day: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 9:45 a.m. Community grants totaling $18,000 will be given. Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend.
  • Address: 5757 E. State Highway 69, Prescott Valley, Ariz., in the newly developed Prescott Valley Crossroads shopping center
  • Club hours:
    • Gold Key hours for Business Members – 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Mon. – Fri.; 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Sat.
    • All Memberships – 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri.; 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun.
  • 137,714 square foot Sam’s Club
  • First Sam’s Club in Yavapai County; 15th Sam’s Club in Arizona
  • The Club will employ 170 associates
  • Club Manager Brandon Holmes started his career with Sam’s in 2000 as an hourly associate in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This is the third Sam’s Club he has helped open.

Merchandise Mix

  • Available products include electronics; computer software; mattresses; outdoor living furniture; office products; appliances; restaurant and foodservice supplies, vending and concession supplies, health, beauty and medical supplies; apparel; holiday décor; fitness equipment; toys; and flowers, gifts and awards.
  • Luxury items include designer sunglasses and handbags, jewelry, gourmet foods, wine and crystal and collectibles.
  • The Club offers a gas station, a pharmacy, a one-hour photo lab, tire and battery services, a bakery, a fresh floral department, an optical center and a café.
  • Members also enjoy healthcare, business, financial and personal services such as health and medical discount programs, roadside assistance, travel services, auto, boat and RV programs and cost effective merchant credit card processing solutions, provided by third party vendors.

Membership Options

  • Advantage Membership - $40
  • Business Membership - $35
  • Advantage PLUS Membership - $100
  • Business PLUS Membership - $100
  • Collegiate Membership - $40, includes a $15 gift card and complimentary Membership

(Editor’s Note: For more detailed information on Membership options, visit any Sam’s Club locations or samsclub.com.)

Community Contributions

  • The Club will distribute $18,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations in celebration of its grand opening. Grant checks will be distributed to representatives of the charities at the Club’s Media Day on Oct. 21. The recipients include:
    • Prescott Valley Public Library Foundation - $5,000
    • Meals on Wheels - $5,000
    • Stepping Stones - $5,000
    • Boys and Girls Club of Central Yavapai - $3,000

For more information

  • Club Manager: Brandon Holmes, 928-778-5042
  • Sam’s Club information online: www.samsclub.com

Grand Opening Events
Prescott Valley Sam’s Club

Celebrity and Special Guest Appearances

  • Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Arizona Cardinals’ legend, Roy Green, is scheduled to appear for autographs and photos.
  • Oct. 24, 3-6 p.m. and Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Complimentary wine tasting and bottle signing with Head-Winemaker of Viña Maipo, Max Weinlaub.*

Member Activities

  • Nov. 5 – Nov. 6: Wisk NASCAR
  • Oct. 25 – Oct. 26: Wingfest, provides tips and ideas to help Members plan their ultimate football parties

Special Product Assortment

  • Oct 23-26, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, Nov. 6-9: Sony Store-in-a-Club staffed with Sony trained personnel and includes additional items

* Event open to legal drinking age Members and guests 21 and older. Sam’s Club reserves the right to ask for “valid identification” including a photo ID and reserves the right to refuse serving of alcoholic beverages to anyone.

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