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SOURCE Sam’s Club
Local Organizations to receive support through Grants
ROCK HILL, S.C., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam's Club will open its new Rock Hill club at 2474 Cross Pointe Drive following an 8 a.m. Grand Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 26. The membership warehouse club will give residents and small business owners the opportunity to access incredible savings on quality products.
"In today's economy, buying in bulk is the best solution for saving money without sacrificing quality," said Club Manager Bill House. "Traditional retailers can't match the savings you get at Sam's Club, and they don't offer the benefits that come with your Sam's Club membership, like savings on fuel and eyeglasses, not to mention our variety of services for small business owners."
Beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Grand Opening will feature a number of special events and limited-time offers on select merchandise.
Grand Opening ceremony to feature local dignitaries, special events
Before the club opens for business, House will officiate a Grand Opening ceremony at 8 a.m. The event will feature remarks from Philip Land, director of regional outreach for the office of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham offered his congratulations to Sam's Club on its new location in Rock Hill.
"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."
To help celebrate its Grand Opening, Sam's Club has invited a variety of special vendors to showcase their products inside the club. Attractions will include Lucky Country licorice and Mother Shucker's Original Cocktail Sauce, on site through Sunday, Sept. 29; TitanWare cookware and K-Tec blenders, on site through Sunday, Oct. 6; and First and Ten Sports Den, onsite through Sunday, Oct. 13.
Grand Opening visitors will also have an opportunity to meet many special guests. Greg Olsen, tight end for the Carolina Panthers, will be present Opening Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. From noon to 2 p.m. on Opening Day, graffiti artist Reid Bramhall will be creating works to donate to local charities. Face painting by Tony the Tiger will be offered Friday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at noon, TV chef and restaurateur Jamie Deen will sign copies of his book.
In addition, free health screenings will be offered Opening Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Screenings will be given for assessing cholesterol, blood pressure, vision, hearing and a variety of other wellness areas.
Limited-time offers to be available during Grand Opening
As part of the Grand Opening celebration, Sam's Club will offer special savings on featured products. These limited-time offers will only be available opening day through Sunday, Sept. 29.
Special deals for Grand Opening weekend include:
175 jobs, other community support, brought to community through new club
To staff the new Rock Hill Sam's Club, House expects to hire 175 new associates.
"It takes a whole team to run a club," House said. "I'm looking forward to drawing from the talent pool in the Rock Hill area to fill the variety of open positions we have at Sam's Club."
To show its support for the Rock Hill community, Sam's Club will present $10,000 in grants to local organizations. Recipients will include Rock Hill School District, Safe Passage Inc., Christians to Feed the Hungry, Pilgrims' Inn Women's Shelter and the Catawba Indian Nation.
"I believe in being a club of the community," House said. "Sam's Club is committed to investing in Rock Hill, and one way we can do that is through financial support to organizations that are making a difference in our community."
Broad range of members-only conveniences, health services will be available at new club
Measuring approximately 136,000 square feet, the new club will feature a variety of members-only amenities, including a fresh bakery, a tire and battery center, a cafe and a fuel station.
A number of health and wellness services are also available. The Sam's Club pharmacy, open to both members and the public, features many $4 and $10 generic prescriptions, as well as extraordinary savings on branded prescriptions. The optical center offers $40 off each additional pair of regularly priced prescription eyeglasses with the purchase of a complete pair of eyeglasses at regular price. Lastly, at the hearing aid center, premium technology in hearing aids and personal listening devices is available from a certified audiologist.
To further simplify their shopping trips, members can download the Sam's Club smartphone app, which allows them to create shopping lists, check their Instant Savings offers and learn about upcoming events at the club. The app is available for Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices.
Array of environmentally-friendly features, convenience for Small Business owners, built into club
As a steward of the communities it serves, Sam's Club utilizes a variety of environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures, including 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.
Local business owners have convenient access to low prices on office supplies, vending machine snacks and paper goods to ensure their long-term success. Additional benefits for small business owners include early shopping hours, quick shopping through Click 'n' Pull®, an online ordering service where members can order online by 5 p.m. and pick up their order the next day, truckload savings, and access to quality items most often used by foodservice businesses, restaurant owners and caterers.
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, purchase or renew memberships at SamsClub.com or through Sam's Club apps, and interact with Sam's Club on Twitter and Facebook.
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