New Club location focuses on sustainability, selection and value
MORRISVILLE, N.C., May 15, 2009 – Sam’s Club opens in Morrisville June 11, with additional services, an expanded merchandise selection, and a design that incorporates sustainability with a customer-friendly layout. Business, Advantage and Collegiate Sam’s Club Members looking for ways to save in today’s economy will find exceptional values on products from office supplies to fresh produce and $4 generic prescriptions.
More than 200 Club associates, along with community leaders and local dignitaries, will celebrate the official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11.
Originally opened in 1990 at 1801 N. Harrison Blvd. in Cary, the relocated 138,537-square-foot club will be located at 1101 Shiloh Glenn Drive in Morrisville. The Club is one of the first businesses to open in the new 115-acre Shiloh Crossing development at the intersection of Chapel Hill Road/NC 54 and Interstate 540. As part of its relocation, the Club has gained an additional 35,000 square feet.
Constructed with environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures, the Club now offers Members a pharmacy, an optical department and a fuel station, in addition to its digital photo center and tire and battery installation services. A Home Efficiency Center focuses on merchandise customers can use to decrease their home and business energy usage, such as LED light fixtures and Energy Star® appliances.
“We will continue to offer the office supplies, bulk food and cleaning items that Sam’s Club Members have come to expect,” said Club Manager Ed Cunningham. “We will also offer the latest technology for the home and office, outdoor furniture, designer handbags and jewelry.”
Club to Employ 225 Associates
The Club plans to employ approximately 225 associates, including approximately 45 new positions created by the relocation. Twenty-five associates have worked for Sam’s Club or Walmart for more than 10 years. Three associates have worked at Sam’s Club since it opened in Cary in 1994, including Club Manager Ed Cunningham, who started his career as an assistant manager at the Cary location in 1990 (prior to the Sam’s Club acquisition of the Pace membership club).
Sam’s Club Celebrates Community Commitment
As part of Sam’s Club commitment to give back to the communities it serves, associates from the Morrisville Club have selected several local organizations to receive a total of $13,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation, including The Town of Morrisville and the Morris Foundation. The Morrisville Foundation will receive $5,000 to support charitable organizations in the community. The Town of Morrisville is using its $4,500 grant to acquire a specially trained dog for its Police K-9 unit and equip it with a bulletproof vest. Other recipients include Cedar Fork Elementary School, Morrisville Elementary School and the food banks in Cary and Apex.
The newly expanded Sam’s Club also fights hunger in the Raleigh-Durham area by making regular product donations to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The program is part of a partnership between Sam’s Club and Feeding America. Sam’s Club locations all across the country regularly donate perishable food items to area hunger relief agencies, helping fight hunger in their communities and reducing food waste. Last year, Sam’s Club donated more than 13 million pounds to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity.
Morrisville Sam’s Club: Exceptional Value for Business, Home and Life
Cunningham says the Morrisville Sam’s Club will now offer a number of new amenities including a fuel station, a pharmacy featuring $4 and $10 generic prescriptions as well as great deals on branded prescriptions, a full café and a larger deli department featuring rotisserie chicken and freshly prepared meals. The Club also focused its marketing efforts to cater its merchandise selection to the immediate area, by increasing the amount of Latino foods and providing a larger selection of high-end products including electronics, patio sets, barbecue grills, furniture and sports equipment.
“The new club makes it more convenient to pick up fresh baked pastries for breakfast meetings, sandwich trays for working lunches, an assortment of cheeses and fruit, and cakes to help celebrate special occasions,” Cunningham said.
Sam’s Club Membership provides superior access to merchandise and services for the business owner, homeowner or college student seeking the best value all under one roof. Small business owners and operators will also have access to additional services to help increase productivity and profitability including health insurance solutions, merchant and credit card processing and marketing solutions and numerous other benefits for their business provided by third party vendors.
Sam’s Club Commitment to Sustainability
In keeping with the Sam’s Club commitment to the environment, the new Club was constructed with energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption and minimize waste.
One of the ways the new Sam’s Club eliminates energy waste is with daylight-harvesting skylights that reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily. While Sam’s is not open 24 hours, it is occupied 24 hours a day. During the hours when the store is closed, the light level is reduced by more than 50 percent, also reducing energy levels used. LED lighting throughout the club, including in the cooler/freezer box doors and jewelry counter, operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent light. (For a full list of sustainable features, see the Sustainability Fact Sheet).
Gifts for Every Occasion
The new Morrisville Sam’s Club offers a treasure-hunt shopping experience complete with an extensive inventory of more than 4,000 affordable essential and luxury items. Some “must haves” include designer apparel, purses, sunglasses, quality jewelry, crystal and collectibles. For the home, fresh flowers, kitchen appliances, dinnerware and home accessories are also popular.
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, 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.
Club Fact Sheet
Morrisville Sam’s Club
Club Fast Facts
- Ribbon-cutting ceremony: 8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 11
- Club opening: 9 a.m., Thursday, June 11
- Presentation of $13,000 in grants: 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 10
- Sneak Preview: 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 10
Shopping and sneak peek for media, grant recipients, area dignitaries, Business Members, associates and their families.
- Address: 1101 Shiloh Glenn Dr., Morrisville, N.C.
- Originally opened in 1994 at 1801 N. Harrison Blvd. in Cary, N.C., as part of Sam’s Club purchase of the Pace membership club.
- Club hours:
- Gold Key hours for Business Members – 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Mon. – Fri.; 7 a.m. – 9:30 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.
- 138,537-square-foot Sam’s Club, an increase of 35,000 square feet.
- The Club will employ approximately 225 associates; 45 new jobs added as a result of the relocation.
- Twenty-five associates have worked for Sam’s Club or Walmart for more than 10 years, including three associates who worked at the Cary Sam’s Club when it opened in 1994.
- Club Manager Ed Cunningham started his career at the Cary location as an assistant manager in 1990 (prior to the Sam’s Club purchase of the Pace membership club).
- 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; fitness equipment; toys; 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, optical department, a one-hour photo lab, tire and battery services, a bakery, a fresh floral department, beer and wine sales, 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.
- 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 location or samsclub.com.)
- The Club will distribute $13,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations in celebration of its grand opening. Grant checks will be distributed to representatives of the charities during a special presentation ceremony at 10 a.m., June 10. Recipients include:
- Cedar Fork Elementary School
- Christian Community In Action food bank
- Morrisville Foundation
- Morrisville Elementary School
- Town of Morrisville Police Department
- Western Wake Crisis Ministry food bank
For more information
- Club Manager: Ed Cunningham, 919-677-0225
- Sam’s Club information online: www.samsclub.com
Sustainability Fact Sheet
Morrisville Sam’s Club
The Morrisville Sam’s Club showcases the following sustainable features:
- The waste heat from the refrigeration equipment is captured and used to heat water for the grocery food prep areas of the Club.
- The floors of the new Club are natural concrete, reducing carpet and vinyl tile usage as well as the need for most chemical cleaners.
- A Home Efficiency Center focuses on merchandise Members can use to decrease their energy usage, such as LED light fixtures and Energy Star® appliances
- Energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in the freezer cases that generate minimal heat and use 50 percent less electricity than traditional fluorescent fixtures.
- Almost 200 skylights and an improved daylight harvesting/ skylight system that reduces consumption even more than in previous installations.
- During these hours when the store is closed, the light level is reduced by over 50 percent.
- More than 95 percent of the floor area in a Sam’s Club has a natural concrete finish. This represents a major reduction of carpet and vinyl tile finishes from other stores. This not only addresses environmental concerns with the manufacture and disposal of PVC, it also reduces the need for most chemical cleaners, wax, and wax strippers.
- The restroom sinks in the club use sensor-activated low-flow faucets. These faucets reduce water usage by 84 percent.
- The white TPO roof is an energy star qualified roof product and qualifies for LEED points in reducing the heat island effect. The high solar reflectivity of this membrane results in lowering the "cooling" load by about 10 percent.
- Closed loop CO2 secondary refrigeration system in the freezer cases and a closed loop secondary glycol system in the chilled food/beverage areas that significantly reduce conventional refrigerant charge and greenhouse gas impact and uses fewer materials such as copper piping
- A trench drain collects oil that might leak out onto the Auto Center floor into a monitored oil interceptor to capture oil, preventing it from entering the municipal sewer system.
- Sam’s Club is designed and equipped to recycle tires, auto batteries, cardboard, single-use cameras, plastic waste and silver from photo lab.
- Rainwater harvesting from portion of rooftop to supplement landscape irrigation and club cooling system.