SARTELL, Minn., Aug. 27, 2010 – An expanded selection of everyday essentials and new conveniences awaits shoppers throughout Stearn County when the newly relocated Sam’s Club opens its doors in Sartell.Community leaders will join the Club’s 224 associates in celebrating the official grand opening Thursday, Sept.9, at 8:30 a.m. and announce community grants. Members will find exceptional values on delicious meal solutions, a new optical department and $4 and $10 generic prescriptions in the new pharmacy as well as office supplies and a new fuel station. Conveniently located at 207 County Road 120, the Sartell Sam’s Club now offers Business, Advantage and Collegiate Sam’s Club Members new ways to save time and money, all in one stop.
Sartell Mayor Tim O’Driscoll says the community is pleased to celebrate the grand opening of Sam’s Club. "Sam's Club is a familiar retailer to the people of central Minnesota," said Mayor O'Driscoll. "We are pleased that they have chosen Sartell as the home for their new and expanded facility."
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 an 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 142,585-square-foot, all-brick Sam’s Club is conveniently located at 207 County Road 120, off of Highway 15 North. The relocated Sam’s Club is the anchor store of the newest Sartell retail corridor, adding 31,000-square-feet of merchandise selection, conveniences and services for its Members, including a new pharmacy and optical department, with dedicated staff to offer personal assistance with healthcare needs. In addition, Stearn County residents can now fill up their fuel tanks at the new, 12-pump Sam’s Club fuel station, offering gasoline and diesel fuel.
“In addition to a wider selection of products and services, we are also excited to now be able to offer our Members substantial savings on health and wellness services,” said club manager Ken Billings. “Our new pharmacy and optical department make it convenient for Members to fill prescriptions or visit the optometrist while shopping for their weekly necessities all under one roof.”
Family gatherings and weekday dinners are easier for Members with Sam’s Club’s expanded deli and produce departments, featuring rotisserie chickens, as well as freshly prepared meals for Members on-the-go as well as choice meats, gourmet cheeses, hors d’oeuvres trays and Member’s Mark Take-N-Bake Pizzas.
The Sartell Sam’s Club also offers 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. The digital one-hour photo center offers Members the convenience of editing photos and ordering prints online to pick-up at the club at a convenient time.
New Club Brings Jobs, Career Opportunities
Sam’s Club plans to employ approximately 220 associates including approximately 50 new associate jobs created by the relocation. Born in Wisconsin, club manager Ken Billings started his career in management training at the Grand Island, Nebraska Sam’s Club in 1992. He has worked for the company for 18-years at Clubs in Casper, Wy. and Wichita, Kan. before becoming a Club co-manager in St. Louis, Mo. and club manager in Waterloo, Iowa 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. Members will notice the carefully-planned landscaping, extensive plantings of greenery, plants and flowers in keeping with area’s gardens.
One way 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.
Sam’s Club Supports Community Organizations
Sam’s Club gives back to the communities it serves. Associates from the Sartell Sam’s Club will present $10,800 in grants to local charitable organizations as part of the grand opening festivities. Recipients include:
- City of Sartell Fire Department
- City of Sartell Police Department
- City of Sartell Parks and Recreation Department
- Sartell School District 748
- Sartell-St. Stephen Educational Foundation
Sam’s Club will also fight hunger in the Sartell area by making regular product donations to the Second Harvest Heartland, which serves 59 counties throughout the state of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. 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.