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Sam’s Club® Opens in Riverview

RIVERVIEW, Fla., Feb. 21, 2011 – Sam’s Club opens in Riverview March 10, offering local business owners and families 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 locations throughout the country to bring the Sam’s Club brand—Savings Made Simplesm—to life.

More than 170 associates, along with community leaders and local dignitaries, will celebrate the official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m., Thursday, March 10. Doors will open to members at 8:30 a.m.

The 139,000-square-foot facility will be located at 10385 Big Bend Road in Riverview, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 301. The club will anchor the existing Riverview Bell Plaza.

Local leaders are excited to add Sam’s Club to the mix of area businesses. “District 56 will benefit economically by the 150-plus jobs created by the new Sam’s Club location’s arrival,” said Rep. Rachel Burgin. “I am excited to welcome Sam’s Club as part of the greater Riverview community.”

Hillsborough County Chairman Al Higginbotham said, "I am excited to welcome another Sam’s Club to eastern Hillsborough County. The jobs created by this new location will benefit the associates, their families and our community as a whole."

“The new Sam’s Club in Riverview is a welcome addition to this growing community,” said Tanya Doran, executive director of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce.

Riverview 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 Tracy Snelgrove. “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 members, 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 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, hearing center and a digital photo center. In addition to fresh produce, frozen foods, wine and refrigerated beer, the club offers freshly baked breads and pastries and a deli department with rotisserie chicken, ribs and freshly prepared meals. In addition, Riverview 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 members 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 Snelgrove. “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 170 Associates

The club plans to employ approximately 170 associates. The club’s personnel coordinator has worked for Sam’s Club for nearly 20 years, and seven associates have worked for Sam’s Club or Walmart for more than 10 years.  Club manager Snelgrove started her career with Sam’s Club working as an hourly associate in Bradenton in 1998.

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 Riverview club have selected several local organizations to receive a total of $15,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation. Recipients include Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Sun City Center Emergency Squad, The Mary and Martha House, and the YMCA Camp Cristina.

In its continued support of small businesses, Sam’s Club will present a $20,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida (HBIF), as part of the Riverview club’s grand opening. HBIF is the leading Hispanic nonprofit economic development organization in Florida specializing in bilingual business development to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business.

Last year in the Tampa Bay area, HBIF assisted 400 area entrepreneurs with business development services and created or retained over 250 jobs. In addition, 785 entrepreneurs participated in the Hispanic Business Seminar Series and business start-up orientations.

The new Sam’s Club will also fight hunger in the area by making regular product donations to Feeding America Tampa Bay, which serves 10 counties in West Central Florida. 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.

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.

*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.

About Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club, the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club, offers superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 30 percent over grocery and specialty retailers. To learn more about Savings Made SimpleSM, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.