Club to provide more than $60,000 to support community projects
AIKEN, S.C., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam's Club will open its new club at 220 U.S. Highway 1 in Aiken County on Thursday, Oct. 3, giving residents and small business owners the opportunity to access incredible savings on quality products in an area rich with history and culture. The Club will open to the public immediately following a Grand Opening Ceremony at 8 a.m. on Thursday.
"I know this new Sam's Club has been anticipated in the community for a long time, so we're tremendously excited to open our new club," said Sam's Club Manager Gerald Raymond. "The outstanding merchandise and incredible value make Sam's Club a destination, and we look forward to serving our community for many years to come."
Local dignitaries will be in attendance at the Grand Opening celebration. In addition, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina offered his congratulations to Sam's Club on its new location in Aiken.
"I know you will find our best assets to be the people of South Carolina," Graham said. "We believe in hard work, determination, and character. I know that you will do well in this community and anticipate you will have many years of prosperity."
Club Creates 180 New Jobs, Offers Special Grand Opening Prices
The Aiken Sam's Club brings new jobs with career opportunities to the community, and surrounding communities, employing approximately 180 associates.
"We're thrilled to hire so many individuals from the area. We were confident we would find great talent in the community," Raymond said.
As a part of the Grand Opening, Sam's Club will offer special savingson a number of outstanding items Thursday, Oct. 3, including*:
Bright, Environmentally Friendly Atmosphere
The new club features a shopper-friendly interior layout that measures approximately 136,000 square feet. That's big enough to fit two Aiken High School football fields inside, with enough products to have a celebration for the whole school.
As an innovative steward of the communities they serve, Sam's Club utilizes a variety of environmentally-friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures, including several daylight-harvesting skylights that 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.
Hearing, Optical Centers Among Amenities
The new club will include a Sam's Club Hearing Aid Center, offering premium technology in hearing aid and personal listening devices alongside the care of a certified audiologist, in addition to an Optical Center.
Other health and wellness benefits include the Sam's Club pharmacy, open to members and the public, featuring $4 and $10 on many generic prescriptions and extraordinary savings on branded prescriptions. Sam's Club will host free health screenings as a part of the Grand Opening, and will also host free monthly health screenings to help members take charge of their health through preventative measures.
Quality Products, Expansive Selections
Busy families can rely on 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®, truck load savings, and access to quality items most often used by foodservice businesses, restaurant owners and caterers.
Sam's Club to Support Aiken, Local Charities
Sam's Club has a longstanding commitment to give back to the communities it serves, and in that giving spirit, associates at the new Sam's Club location selected several local organizations to receive a combined total of $30,000 in grants from the Sam's Club Giving Program. Grants being presented during the grand opening ceremony include: USC-Aiken Veterans Program, the Aiken Sheriff's Office, Aiken Technical College, the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County, The Cumbee Center to Support Abused Persons, Helping Hands Aiken, the Tri-Development Center of Aiken County, the Savannah River Cancer Foundation, the Aiken Boys and Girls Club, and the Aiken Mid-Day Lion's Club. In addition to these grants, Sam's Club is also supporting the community through its $35,000 donation to the Greater Aiken Integrated Trails Foundation to fund the Langley Pond Loop. This trail will provide the opportunity for the community to bike, jog, hike and walk while enjoying all nature has to offer.
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 quality 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, 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 Aiken, S.C. Sam's Club 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 October 3 – 6, 2013.
SOURCE Sam's Club
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