EDMOND, Okla., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of Edmond and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to see their new Sam's Club when it opens following an 8 a.m. Grand Opening ceremony Thursday, Oct. 3, at 1117 West I-35 Frontage Road in Edmond. The club will provide members with numerous services and incredible savings on quality merchandise.
"Our team took great care in selecting the merchandise for this club. We know how important it is to this community to support local business, and believe our members will be pleased with the selection of both local and organic items," said Club Manager Jennifer O'Connor.
Local dignitaries and celebrities will be in attendance when the new Edmond Sam's Club opens on Thursday, along with the 130 new Sam's Club associates hired to assist members in the new club. Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb will speak at the Grand Opening ceremony, former University of Oklahoma quarterback Jason White will sign autographs from 1-3 p.m., and former Sooner running back Billy Sims will sign autographs on Friday from 1-3 p.m. Both White and Sims won the Heisman Trophy during their collegiate careers at Oklahoma.
"There is a lot of excitement about Sam's Club coming to Edmond," Lamb said. "I am often asked about Sam's Club and when it is going to open. We're glad that day is here, and we expect it to be a very busy place."
Products Support Community Needs
The new Edmond Sam's Club benefits a wide range of shoppers seeking quality, selection and value. Shoppers will also find several Oklahoma-made items in the new Sam's Club.
Oklahoma sports fans will immediately notice the vast electronics department featuring the biggest and best in high-definition televisions. Busy parents and those who love to cook will find an expansive array of everyday needs including a wide selection of organic fresh produce, quality meats and home meal solutions, while office supplies, vending machine snacks and paper goods prepare small business members for success. Additional benefits for small business owners include early shopping hours, personal shopping through Click 'n' Pull®, truckload savings, and access to quality items most often used by foodservice businesses, restaurant owners and caterers.
Layout, Bright Atmosphere, Expansive Selections Await Members
The new Sam's Club features a shopper-friendly interior layout and measures approximately 136,000 square feet.
"We are excited to welcome the community into their new Sam's Club. Our team has worked to build a beautiful club full of quality merchandise at amazing prices," said O'Connor.
As an innovative steward of the communities it serves, Sam's Club utilizes a variety of environmentally-friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures. For instance, numerous daylight-harvesting skylights reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily. LED lighting throughout the club, including in the cooler and freezer box doors and jewelry counter, operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.
Pharmacy and Hearing Center Among Amenities
The Edmond club will have a full-service pharmacy where members and the public can take advantage of great savings on medications they use every day.
The Sam's Club Pharmacy is open to members and the public, featuring $4 and $10 generic prescriptions and extraordinary savings on branded prescriptions. Sam's Club also offers an optical department, free monthly health screenings and Healthy Living Made Simple magazine to help members take charge of their health through preventative measures.
The new club will also debut a Sam's Club Hearing Aid Center, offering premium technology in hearing aid and personal listening devices alongside the care of a certified audiologist.
Club to Employ More than 130 Associates
The new Edmond Sam's Club brings new jobs with career opportunities to the community, currently employing more than 130 associates, and actively hiring more.
O'Connor began her career with Sam's Club as an hourly associate at the age of 18. A busy mom herself, she credits the company for giving her the opportunity to build a career to support her family.
"I was a single parent, working to take care of my son, and Sam's Club gave me the opportunity to go back to school to get my degree, and work my way into management," stated O'Connor. "This company has given me the ability to defy what statistics would have dictated for me," she continued.
Sam's Club to Support Edmond, Local Charities
Sam's Club has a long-standing commitment to give back to the communities it serves, and the new Edmond club is no different. Associates from the new club have selected several local organizations to receive $25,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation. A few of the recipients include:
- University of Central Oklahoma
- Edmond Public Schools
- Real Rescue, Inc
- Oklahoma State University
- Hope Center of Edmond
- Cushing Regional Hospital Foundation
"Giving back to the community has been a fulfilling part of opening this club," said O'Connor. "We feel fortunate to have met some amazing people doing really important work," she continued.
Grand-Opening Event and Special Offers
A number of local businesses will be on-hand opening weekend to showcase companies through the Sam's Club Showcase Events program, including Designer and Friends, Lovera's Cheeses, Nonni's Biscotti, Blend Tek Blenders, Schwab Meats, Kicker Audio, and Wild Roots.
Additionally, during the opening weekend, the club will also welcome a few local celebrities, including autographs by former professional athletes Billy Sims and Jason White.
Members will discover savings on a number of outstanding items Thursday, Oct. 3, including*:
- A VIZIO 60" Class LED HDTV for $888
- A Magnavox 32" Class LED HDTV for $219.88
- An HP 15.6" Notebook for $299
- A Fujifilm S8200 Camera Bundle for $249.88
- And Apple $100 iTunes Gift Card Multipack for $84.64
- USDA Choice Beef Ribeye Steak for $7.98/lb
- Designer & Friends Artwork by local artist Becky Way
All new members who join by Oct. 6 will get up to a $40 welcome package.
Sam's Club membership is an investment that more than pays for itself. Whether buying for a household or a business, a Sam's Club membership offers exclusive savings on merchandise and outstanding member benefits. With access to Instant Savings and early shopping hours, Plus membership offers even more with our premium service options. Sam's Savings memberships and Sam's Business memberships are $45 annually, and Sam's Plus memberships are $100. Special savings for college students and military families are also available. For more information, visit SamsClub.com/membership.
About Sam's Club
Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation's eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. To learn more about Sam's Club visit the Sam's Club Newsroom, purchase or renew memberships at SamsClub.com or through Sam's Club apps, and interact with Sam's Club on Twitter and Facebook.
*Sam's Club Advertised Merchandise Policy – It is our firm intention to have every advertised item in stock. Occasionally, however, an advertised item may not be available for purchase due to unforeseen difficulties. We reserve the right to limit quantities to normal retail purchases or one-per-Member or household, and to exclude resellers. Items and prices are good only at your Edmond location. We have done our best to ensure all information in this piece is accurate and up-to-date. Errors and omissions occasionally occur and are subject to correction. Pricing and item availability may vary in Alaska, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Wisconsin, and on SamsClub.com. Pricing good Oct. 3 through Oct. 6.
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