ROMEOVILLE, Ill., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam's Club will open its newest club at 460 S. Weber Road in Romeoville on Thursday, Oct. 3, following an 8 a.m. Grand Opening Ceremony. The membership warehouse club will give residents and small business owners the opportunity to access incredible savings on quality products.
"We've been amazed by the large amount of community support and encouragement, and we hope to return that same amount of support through the outstanding merchandise, value, and community involvement we're planning with our new Romeoville Sam's Club," said Manager Rico Cortez.
Sam's Club President and CEO Rosalind Brewer will speak at Thursday's ceremony, continuing a tradition of company founder Sam Walton to visit Sam's Clubs throughout the U.S.
"Sam's Club has been in Chicago and throughout the dynamic communities it encompasses for more than two decades, so we're proud to grow even more in this area with our new club," Brewer said. "This Grand Opening kicks off an aggressive month when Sam's Club will open eight new clubs throughout the U.S. We are excited to begin a month-long celebration in Romeoville."
Numerous local dignitaries also plan to be a part of the Grand Opening festivities, including Romeoville Mayor John Noak, Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, and former Bear tight end Desmond Clark. Noak will speak at the Grand Opening ceremony Thursday morning, Jennings will sign autographs from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, and Clark will sign autographs from 5-7 p.m. Thursday
"We're excited about Sam's Club opening in Romeoville. This will provide additional retail options as well as job opportunities for our residents. It will also draw customers from other Will County communities to Romeoville," said Mayor Noak.
Club to Join 20 others in Chicago Area
The Romeoville club will become the 21st Sam's Club in the Chicago area. There are 29 Sam's Clubs throughout the state, employing more than 4,000 associates. More than 150 new jobs were created by the new Romeoville Sam's Club.
"At Sam's Club, you can build a career out of the position you come in to apply for today," said Cortez, who has been with the company for nearly 13 years. "I started as an overnight stocker, and with hard work and dedication, I was promoted to assistant manager three years later. In fact, four of our current managers started as hourly associates."
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.
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.
The new Romeoville Sam's Club benefits a wide range of shoppers seeking quality, selection and value. Sports fans will immediately notice the vast electronics department featuring the biggest and best in high-definition televisions. 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. Small business owners will find office supplies, vending machine snacks and paper goods. 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.
The Romeoville club will also 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 name-brand 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 Romeoville, Local Charities
Sam's Club has a longstanding commitment to give back to the communities it serves, and the new Romeoville club is no different. Associates from the new club have selected several local organizations to receive a total of more than $30,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation.
A number of local businesses will be on-hand opening weekend to showcase products made locally:
- Zettie's Confections
- Nazareth Sweets
- Greenridge Farm
- Desiree Morgan Company
Members will discover savings on a number of outstanding items Thursday, Oct. 3, including*:
- A VIZIO 60" Class LED HDTV for $888
- An HP 15.6" Notebook for $299
- A Samsung WB800 Camera Bundle for $229.88
- An Apple $100 iTunes Gift Card Multipack for $79.88
- USDA Choice Beef Ribeye Steak for $7.98/lb
- Nazareth Sweets Baklava Tray for $12.98
- vitaminwater Variety Pack for $10.48
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 how life is better in the club, visit the Sam's Club Newsroom, purchase or renew memberships at SamsClub.com or through the Sam's Club app, 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. 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. Items and prices are good only at your new Romeoville club. Pricing is good Oct. 3-6, 2013.
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