Celebration to feature Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez

Springdale, Ark., May 22, 2017 — The newest Sam’s Club in Northwest Arkansas will open its doors Thursday, May 25 at 1517 S. 56th St. in Springdale. The public is invited to join the celebration, which kicks off with a grand opening ceremony at 8 a.m. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Laurie Hernandez will join the celebration later that day with a meet and greet with fans.

The new club is located in a rapidly growing area just off I-49 in Springdale near the Arvest Ballpark and the future Arkansas Children’s Northwest.

"The opening of a new Sam's Club is exciting news for any community, but I can't imagine any city being more excited than Springdale,” said Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse. “Our residents have been eagerly anticipating the return of Sam's Club, and this new location will not only benefit Springdale families, but will also spur future development in our overlay district."

New club features
The Springdale location has a new look and feel based on some of the successful features from the Bentonville club remodel. The club will feature a Fresh Island that offers organic and grass-fed beef, an expanded seafood section, and fresh sushi made daily. The focus on fresh carries throughout the dairy and produce departments with large walk-in coolers designed to keep products as fresh as possible. An additional feature members will experience is an updated café with self-order kiosks, expanded seating with charging stations and an updated menu that includes premium coffee, made-to-order sandwiches, and smoothies. Members can continue to count on Sam’s Club for their health and wellness needs. The new club will provide pharmacy services as well as a hearing center and optical department.

Shopping made simple
Members of the Springdale club can utilize the company’s award winning smartphone app called Scan & Go, which allows users the option of scanning their items while they shop and simply paying on their phone in lieu of the traditional checkout experience. The Springdale club will also offer the drive-thru convenience of Club Pickup - a concierge service for members who prefer to place an online order and pick merchandise up at a scheduled time.

Commitment to community
As part of the grand opening festivities, Sam’s Club will be awarding nearly $20,000 in grants to several local nonprofit organizations. About half of that amount was raised through the company’s Volunteerism Always Pays (VAP) program. Springdale associates have volunteered nearly 700 hours already this year, raising funds for area programs such as the Fallen Soldier Memorial Project in Springdale and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas. “Our associates have been eager to help local organizations that support our community,” said Springdale Club Manager Mark Byrd. “I couldn’t be more excited about the great team we have in place that is passionate about giving back and serving our members.”

Sam’s Club is also proud to support small business owners through the company’s Road Show program. This consignment-based program provides local, regional, and national entrepreneurs the chance to set up shop inside Sam’s Club while providing members access to exciting and one-of-a-kind products. Springdale’s grand opening will feature several local products including House of Webster gourmet salsa and Cedar Lake Mount Comfort Coffee. Members will also enjoy Nature Nate’s Honey, Blues Hog BBQ sauce, and Rawlings Leather Goods. Entrepreneurs interested in participating in future Road Shows should contact their local Sam’s Club manager for more details.

Grand opening ceremony to feature local officials, special events
Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse and Springdale Chamber of Commerce President Perry Webb will be among those attending Thursday’s grand opening ceremony. The American Legion will present the colors and the Har-Ber High School Glee Club will perform the national anthem. Other groups providing entertainment during the ceremony include the Walmart Choir and Mariachi Amistad de Arkansas band.

To add to the excitement, gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, Laurie Hernandez will be signing autographs for fans on grand opening day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Her appearance is made possible by Procter & Gamble.

Membership information
Being a member of Sam’s Club means more than a membership card – it means exclusive access to great products, brands and services, at amazing values. Sam's Club memberships range from $45 to $100.

As part of a grand opening membership promotion, residents can get a $20 gift card when they sign up as a new member through June 4. Membership teams are available at the Sam’s Club fuel station to sign up members prior to Thursday’s grand opening.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products, savings and services to millions of members in 662 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.