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Sam’s Club® Opens in Denton’s Rayzor Ranch

DENTON, Texas, Sept. 20, 2010 – Sam’s Club opens in Denton Oct. 7, offering local business owners, college students and moms-on-the-go exceptional values on products from electronics to fresh produce and $4 generic prescriptions. The Club features a new layout that makes shopping faster and easier by placing the most purchased products in more convenient locations. The design and expanded merchandise selection are being introduced this year to Clubs throughout the country to bring the Sam’s Club brand—Savings Made Simplesm—to life.

More than 160 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., Thursday, Oct. 7. Doors will open to Members at 9 a.m.

The 136,000-square-foot Club will be located at 2850 W. University Drive in the heart of Denton, conveniently located near the campuses of the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. The Club is an anchor of the new Rayzor Ranch Marketplace, part of the 400-acre Rayzor Ranch mixed use development located at the northeast and southeast corners of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 380.

Local leaders are excited about adding Sam’s Club to the mix of area businesses. “Many Denton citizens are loyal Sam’s shoppers, and these dollars will soon be staying in our community. On Oct. 7, we will be able to shop at Sam’s Club in Denton, and in so doing, help create local jobs, expand shopper choices, and help build our business community on our city’s northwest side,” said Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs. “Sam’s Club is part of the Rayzor Ranch development, and its opening is not only serving as a catalyst for this development, but helps signal that Denton is moving back into an upswing in economic vitality."

Denton Sam’s Club: Exceptional Value for Business, Home and Life

The Club will feature a wide variety of merchandise that reflects the growing diversity among warehouse club shoppers.

“More and more people turn to Sam’s Club to help save money in this tight economy,” said Club Manager Jayson Johnson. “Small-business owners, families and even college students are finding that their money goes further at Sam’s Club.”

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.

Constructed with environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures, the Club offers Members a pharmacy featuring $4 and $10 generic prescriptions as well as great deals on branded prescriptions, an optical department and a digital photo center. In addition to fresh produce, frozen foods, wine and beer, the Club offers freshly baked breads and pastries and a deli department with rotisserie chicken, ribs and freshly prepared meals. In addition, Denton residents can now fill up their fuel tanks at the new, 12-pump Sam’s Club fuel station, offering gasoline and diesel fuel. A Home Efficiency aisle focuses on merchandise customers can use to decrease their home and business energy usage, such as CFL light bulbs, LED light fixtures, Energy Star® air conditioning units and small kitchen appliances.

“We offer the office supplies, food and cleaning items that Sam’s Club Members have come to expect,” said Johnson. “We also offer the latest technology for home and office, designer handbags and high quality jewelry.”

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 small business loans, merchant credit card processing and numerous other benefits for their business provided by third party vendors.

Club to Employ 160 Associates

The Club plans to employ approximately 160 associates. Six associates have worked for Sam’s Club or Walmart for more than 10 years.  Club Manager Johnson started his career with Sam’s Club working in Regional Loss Prevention in West Des Moines, Iowa, in 2002.

Sam’s Club Celebrates Community Commitment

As part of the Sam’s Club commitment to give back to the communities it serves, associates from the Denton Club have selected several local organizations to receive a total of $15,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation, including a $5,000 donation to the Shepherd’s Hand to aid in its mission to eliminate hunger in the area. Other recipients include the Denton Community Food Center, Denton Kiwanis, Denton County Friends of the Family, and Spirit Horse Therapeutic Center.

The new Sam’s Club will also fight hunger in the area by making regular product donations to the North Texas Food Bank, which serves 13 North Texas counties. 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. Last year, Sam’s Club donated more than 13 million pounds to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity.

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 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.

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 Club 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.

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 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.


Club Fact Sheet

Denton Sam’s Club

Club Fast Facts

 - Ribbon-cutting ceremony: 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 7

 - Club opening: 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 7

 - Sneak Preview: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6 (Shopping and sneak peek for media, area dignitaries, Business Members, associates and their families.)

 - Address: 2850 W. University Drive, Denton, Texas

 - 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.

 - 136,000-square-foot Sam’s Club

 - Club Manager: Jayson Johnson

 - The Club will employ approximately 160 associates

 - Six associates have worked for Sam’s Club or Walmart for more than 10 years. 

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; 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, pharmacy, optical department, 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.

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 $15,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in celebration of its grand opening. Grant checks will be distributed to representatives of the charities as part of the grand opening festivities at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 7.  Recipients include:

 - Denton Community Food Center

 - Denton County Friends of the Family

 - Denton Kiwanis Club

 - Shepherd’s Hand

 - Spirit Horse Therapeutic Center

For More Information

Club Manager: Jayson Johnson, 940-898-1529

Media contact: Kristie Aylett, Mitchell Communications Group, 228-229-9472, aylettk@yahoo.com

Sam’s Club spokesperson: Kristy Reed, 479-277-7021