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Expanded Sam’s Club® Set to Celebrate Grand Reopening in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Nov. 2, 2010 – An expanded selection of everyday essentials and new conveniences awaits shoppers throughout Onslow County when the newly expanded Sam’s Club opens its doors in Jacksonville this week. Community leaders will join the club’s 170 associates in celebrating the official grand opening of the club on Thursday, November 4 at 9:30 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 1170 Western Boulevard, the Jacksonville Sam’s Club now offers Business, Advantage and Plus Sam’s Club Members new ways to save time and money in today’s economy, all in one stop.

 Jacksonville-Onslow County Chamber President Mona Padrick says the chamber is pleased to celebrate the grand opening of the expanded Sam’s Club. “We are delighted to help Sam’s Club celebrate their grand re-opening. They have been an outstanding corporate partner in our community since they first opened here,” said Padrick.” The renovation and expansion emphasizes their commitment to Onslow County, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them in the future,” she 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 an online calculator. The tool, based on the overall data collected in a 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.

Expanded Club Brings Convenience, More Merchandise, Fuel Station

The 139,000-square-foot, Sam’s Club is conveniently located at 1170 Western Boulevard, serving military families from Jacksonville and surrounding counties. The Jacksonville Sam’s Club added 29,000-square-feet of merchandise selection and conveniences for its members, including a new pharmacy with a 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 chicken and ribs, as well as freshly prepared meals for members on-the-go,” said Sam’s Club manager Scott Williams. 

Shoppers will find custom cakes, cookies and artisan breads in the new bakery department and fresh fruit and vegetables, including packaged sliced selections in the expanded produce department.Some of the finest artisan cheese products from England, France, Ireland, Italy and Spain will be available in the new fresh department as well.

The Jacksonville Sam’s Club offers a digital one-hour photo center, a connection center for cellular phones, tire and battery installation services, as well as the latest technology for home and office, outdoor furniture, designer handbags and jewelry. Jacksonville and Onslow County residents can now fill up their fuel tanks at the new Jacksonville Sam’s Club 12-pump station fuel station, offering gasoline and diesel fuel, located in the parking lot of the Sam’s Club.

New Club Brings Jobs, Career Opportunities

Sam’s Club plans to employ approximately 170 associates including 30 new associate jobs created by the relocation. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, club manager Scott Williams started his career as a part-time cart pusher in Matthews, North Carolina. He has worked for the company for 20 years at clubs and became the Jacksonville Sam’s Club 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.

Sam’s Club Supports Community Organizations

As part of Sam’s Club commitment to give back to the communities it serves, associates from the Jacksonville Sam’s Club will present $3,750 in grants to local charitable organizations as part of the grand-opening festivities.

Sam’s Club will also fight hunger in the Jacksonville area by making regular product donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank Network of Southeast North Carolina, which serves 15 counties in the state of North Carolina.

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.

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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.