GLEN CARBON, Ill., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of Glen Carbon, Edwardsville and surrounding communities will get the opportunity to see their new Sam's Club when it opens Thursday, Aug. 29, at 8:30 a.m. at 5 Illini Drive in Glen Carbon. The club will provide members with numerous services and savings on quality merchandise.
"We have an excellent team that has worked to bring top quality merchandise and services at amazing prices to the community," said Club Manager Andy Poole. "We appreciate the support of the Glen Carbon and Edwardsville communities, and are proud to open this new location to serve area families and small businesses."
Grand-Opening Event to Include Special Offers
The grand opening ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. on Aug. 29. Numerous dignitaries will be in attendance, along with the 160 Sam's Club associates.
A number of local businesses will be on-hand opening weekend to showcase products made locally:
- The Billy Goat Chip Company
- Excel Bottling Co
- Jilly's Cupcake Bar & Cafe
- Zettie's Confections
- Swiss Meat & Sausage Co
During Grand Opening weekend, and running through Sept. 22, Sam's Club members can get more than $4,500 in extra savings on quality merchandise.
Products Support Community Needs
The new Glen Carbon Sam's Club benefits a wide range of shoppers seeking quality, selection and value.
Opening just in time for Labor Day, the club will be stocked with all the items members need for their celebrations. St. Louis 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 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.
Pharmacy and Hearing Center Among Amenities
The Glen Carbon club will have a full-service pharmacy where members and the public can take advantage of savings on medications they use every day.
"I'm excited about the products and services we offer," said pharmacy manager Ryan Riney. "Members and the public will find low prices on medications for their entire family, including pets, and our free health screenings support community wellness."
The Sam's Club pharmacy features $4 and $10 generic prescriptions as well as 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.
Sam's Club to Support Ed-Glen, Local Charities
Sam's Club has a longstanding commitment to give back to the communities it serves, and the new Glen Carbon 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:
- Boys and Girls Club Bethalto
- Junior Achievement
- Lifeline Fellowship
- St. Louis Region Ronald McDonald House
- Highland Animal Shelter
- Glen Carbon American Legion
- Glen Carbon VFW
- Glen Carbon and Edwardsville Police and Fire Departments
- Glen Carbon Library
"Giving back to the community is an important tradition for Sam's Club," said Poole. "We feel fortunate to be working with a handful of organizations that are doing incredible work in the area," he continued.
Club to Employ 160 Associates
The new Glen Carbon Sam's Club brings new jobs with career opportunities to Glen Carbon and Edwardsville, employing approximately 160 associates.
Poole began his career with Sam's Club nearly 18 years ago as an hourly associate. He was most recently Club Manager at Sam's Club in Marion, Ill.
"Each of these positions brings with them real career opportunities. At any Sam's Club across the country, it's not uncommon to meet a manager who began as an hourly associate, and our new Glen Carbon club is no different," stated Poole. "I'm personally looking forward to working with each of our associates. We've assembled a great team to serve the Ed-Glen community," he continued.
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.
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.
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 Savings Made Simple®, visit the Sam's Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com or through Sam's Club apps, and interact with Sam's Club on Twitter and Facebook.
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