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New Sam's Club Set to Open in Allentown

Club provides savings, jobs and support for community organizations

ALLENTOWN, Pa., March 8, 2010 – An expanded selection of everyday essentials and new conveniences awaits shoppers throughout Lehigh Valley when the newly relocated Sam’s Club opens its doors in Allentown this month. Community leaders will join the Club’s 192 associates in celebrating the official grand opening of the Club on Thursday, March 11, at 8:30 a.m. and announce community grants. Members will find exceptional values on fresh foods, delicious meal solutions, $4 and $10 generic prescriptions, as well as office supplies and a new fuel station. Conveniently located at 901 Airport Center Drive, the Allentown Sam’s Club now offers Business, Advantage and Collegiate Sam’s Club Members new ways to save time and money in today’s economy, all in one stop.

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber President Tony Iannelli says the Chamber is pleased to celebrate the grand opening of Sam’s Club and is happy that jobs have been created as a result of this new location. “The new Sam’s Club will also benefit residents by offering great values, which is especially important in these challenging economic times,” he added.

A recent study found Sam’s Club saves consumers, on average, 30.4 percent on some of the most frequently purchased product categories versus grocery and specialty retailers.*

Sam’s Club makes it even easier for members to add up their annual savings with a newly created online calculator. The tool, based on the overall data collected in the recent study, enables consumers to put Sam’s Club to the test by estimating their average spending on a variety of product categories including baby, pets and groceries and to learn what they could be saving with a Sam’s Club Membership. Visit www.samsclub.com/savingsmadesimple to learn more about Sam’s Club member savings.

New Club Brings Convenience, More Merchandise, Fuel Station
The 127,620-square-foot, all-brick Sam’s Club is conveniently located at 901 Airport Center Drive, near the intersection of Route 22. The Allentown Sam’s Club is the second anchor store of the Airport Center development, adding 32,000-square-feet of merchandise selection and conveniences for its members, including a new pharmacy and optical department, with dedicated staff to offer personal assistance with healthcare needs.

“Family gatherings and weekday dinners just got easier for members with our Club’s expanded deli and produce departments, featuring choice meats, gourmet cheeses, hors d’oeuvres trays, Member’s Mark Take-N-Bake Pizzas and rotisserie chickens, as well as freshly prepared meals for members on-the-go,” said Sam’s Club Manager Jeff Johnson. Shoppers will find custom cakes, cookies and artisan breads in the new bakery department. “We will also offer the latest technology for home and office, outdoor furniture, designer handbags and jewelry,” added Johnson.

The Allentown Sam’s Club also offers a digital one-hour photo center, a connection center for cellular phones, tire and battery installation services and a convenient covered drive-up loading area to assist customers in loading their purchases during inclement weather.

New Club Brings Jobs, Career Opportunities
Sam’s Club plans to employ approximately 190 associates including 65 new associate jobs created by the relocation. Raised in Pennsylvania, club manager Jeff Johnson started his career as an hourly associate at the Scranton Sam’s Club in 1997. He has worked for the company for 12 years at clubs in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Whitehall before becoming Whitehall Sam’s Club co-manager, and then its manager in early 2009.

Sam’s Club Commitment to Sustainability
In keeping with the Sam’s Club commitment to the environment, the new facility 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 Club eliminates energy waste is with daylight-harvesting skylights that reduce the amount of energy used. While it is not open 24-hours, it is occupied 24-hours per day. During the hours when it is closed, the light level is reduced by more than 50 percent. LED lighting is also used throughout the Club, including in the cooler/freezer box doors and jewelry counter.

A Home Efficiency Aisle focuses on merchandise members can use to decrease their home and business energy usage, such as LED light fixtures and Energy Star® appliances.

Sam’s Club Supports Community Organizations
As part of Sam’s Club commitment to give back to the communities it serves, associates from the Allentown Sam’s Club will present grants to local charitable organizations as part of the grand opening festivities.

Sam’s Club will also fight hunger in the Allentown area by making regular product donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank Network, which serves 56 counties and seven reservations throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The program is part of a partnership between Sam’s Club and Feeding America. Sam’s Club locations across the country regularly donate perishable food items to area hunger relief agencies, helping fight hunger in their communities and reducing food waste.

Savings Made Simple with eValues
eValues is a new membership benefit program for Plus Members and provides personalized savings on hundreds of items including fresh foods, health and beauty products and office supplies, as well as other goods and services available at Sam’s Club locations.

There are no coupons to clip and no rebate forms to complete and mail with eValues. Sam’s Club Plus Members will receive customized offers tailored to them and discounts will be automatically taken at the register using their existing membership cards.

The eValues benefit is included in both the Advantage and Business versions of the Sam’s Club Plus® Membership; both cost $100 annually. Sam’s Club estimates Plus Members will save more than $200 per year with eValues.

Join the Conversation Online
Sam’s Club now offers unique ways for members to engage with each other and receive information. Twitter and Facebook users can get the latest news and hot items of the day by following or becoming a fan of Sam’s Club. To find Sam’s Club on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/samsclub. Tweeters can follow @samsclub and @samsclubdeals to stay up-to-date.

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, as well in Brazil, China, and Mexico. Sam’s Club saves its members on average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers by offering superior values on quality merchandise and services for home or work. Saving is made simple at Sam’s Club. Visit samsclub.com for more information.

*Based on estimated annualized savings of select Sam’s Club Members on items Members purchased in select categories derived from a survey conducted in 30 U.S. markets between 07/27/2009 and 08/24/2009 comparing Sam’s Club regular unit prices to regular unit prices of selected non-Club competitors, including, but not limited to, grocery stores and mass retailers. Local savings for individual customers vary.

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Club Fact Sheet
Allentown Sam’s Club

Club Fast Facts

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony: Thursday, March 11, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Presentation of $5000 in grants to local organizations at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11
  • Special Appearances:
    • Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Think Twice and Look Again, will sign copies of her book Saturday, March 24 at 4 p.m.
  • Address: 901 Airport Center Drive, Allentown, Pa.
  • Club hours:
    • Gold Key hours for Business Members: 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Mon. – Fri.;
  • 7 a.m. – 9:00 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.
  • 127,620-square-foot Sam’s Club, an increase of 32,000 square feet.
  • The Club will employ approximately 192 associates
  • Club Manager Jeff Johnson started his career at the Scranton, Pa Sam’s Club in 1997.

Membership Options

  • Advantage Membership - $40
  • Business Membership - $35
  • Advantage PLUS Membership - $100, earns $200 in guaranteed savings with eValues
  • Business PLUS Membership - $100, earns $200 in guaranteed savings with eValues
  • 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.)

Community Contributions

  • The Club will distribute $5,000 in grants to local non-profit organizations in celebration of its grand opening.
  • Recipients include:
    • Whitehall Chamber -- $250
    • Greater Valley Leigh Valley Chamber -- $250
    • Hispanic Chamber -- $250
    • Han Le Co Volunteer Fire & Rescue -- $1000
    • Second Harvest Foodbank -- $500
    • Allentown City School District --$1000
    • East Side Youth Center -- $750
    • Concern -- $1000

For more information

  • Club Manager: Jeff Johnson, 610-266-5201
  • Media contact: Joanna King, Mitchell Communications Group, 312-399-1821
  • Sam’s Club spokesperson: Kristy Reed, 479-277-7021
  • Sam’s Club information online: www.samsclub.com

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