Stores celebrate joint grand opening and are fully-stocked in time for Tax Free Weekend
DALLAS, Texas, Aug. 5, 2015 — As families prepare for the upcoming school year, a new North Dallas Walmart Supercenter and Sam’s Club opened their doors to customers and members on Wednesday, August 5 following a grand opening celebration. Walmart and Sam’s Club are stocked with the Back-to-School and Back-to-College essentials families need at the right price. The stores are ready for customers to come in and shop during the upcoming tax-free weekend to get everything they need to start the school year off right.
The newly relocated 187,000 square foot Walmart is now at 4122 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway and the newly relocated 136,000 square foot Sam’s Club is now at 4062 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway. Together, this new Walmart and Sam’s Club will provide North Dallas area residents and business owners with low prices on a broad assortment of fresh produce, groceries and merchandise, along with full-service pharmacies, business service solutions and a fuel station.
“As a young man growing up in Texas, I worked as a cashier at Walmart in the summer to help my parents,” said State Representative Jason Villalba. “I’ve seen firsthand the many opportunities that are available at Walmart, and I have personally witnessed and worked with the hard working associates that are the backbone of this company. I want to congratulate Walmart and Sam’s Club on opening these brand new stores to better serve the North Dallas community and thank them for their continued investment in Dallas and the great State of Texas.”
State Representative Jason Villalba (R-114) and Dallas City Council member Jennifer Gates were among the dignitaries in attendance at Wednesday’s grand opening ceremony. The Marsh Middle School ROTC presented the colors and Walmart associate Michael Davis performed the national anthem. The celebration kicked off a weekend of grand opening festivities including special guests, free food and entertainment. (pdf attached with more details)
“This new development is a welcome addition to the community and to my district,” said Jennifer Gates, Dallas City Councilmember. “As one of the largest employers in the City of Dallas, it’s great to see Walmart and Sam’s Club investing in new stores to serve the community and investing in their employees with their recent wage increase announcement. On behalf of the City of Dallas, we welcome these new stores.”
Fresh, Affordable Produce, Meat and Groceries
Walmart and Sam’s Club shoppers can rely on affordably-priced fresh produce, organic selections, quality meats, and home meal solutions among the huge selection of merchandise. Customers will also find a full-service deli and an in-store bakery offering freshly baked breads, tortillas and custom cakes. By working with growers, Walmart and Sam’s Club are able to provide farm-grown quality produce at added convenience and low prices.
“Being a member of Sam’s Club means more than a membership card in a wallet,” said Sam’s Club Manager John Comer. “It means belonging to a community of members who have exclusive access to great products, brands and services. We look forward to providing our members with amazing values on the items they want as well as the unbelievable treasure hunt items they don’t even know they need.”
Shop Anywhere, Anytime
Walmart is making shopping more convenient than ever – customers can shop for more than a million additional items by phone or tablet on Walmart.com and have them shipped to the store for free using our Walmart Pickup feature, a free store pickup service offering free shipping from Walmart.com on eligible items. Many items are available for pickup the same day.
Sam’s Club offers a similar service called Club Pickup which allows members to order items online to be picked up at the club. Members can also build and save shopping lists online for easy reordering. With this option, convenience store and restaurant owners, for example, can now refill their weekly order with a single push of a button.
Full-Service Pharmacies Offers Health and Wellness Services
Pharmacies inside both Walmart and Sam’s Club offer a full range of products and services, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, health monitors and more. Membership is not required to use the Sam’s Club Pharmacy; however, Sam’s Plus members can save on select medications including five commonly prescribed medications for free. In addition, both locations offer a full-service vision center which offers a wide variety of affordable, quality eyewear – including glasses and contacts – optical products for all ages, and on-site eye exams. The club will also debut a hearing center, offering premium technology in hearing aid and personal listening devices alongside the care of a certified audiologist. Sam’s Club also offers free health screenings on a nearly monthly basis.
Our People Make the Difference
The LBJ Walmart store employs approximately 300 associates, the Sam’s Club employs approximately 175. With both of these stores being relocated from a previous location, the associates are moving along with the stores. Walmart store manager Greg Harden and Sam’s Club Manager John Comer have both been with the company for almost a decade and like so many at Walmart, have seen firsthand the career opportunities available at the company. In fact, about 75% of Walmart store management teams nationwide started as hourly associates.
“I started my career at Walmart eight years ago in the produce department and now am the store manager of my third store,” said Greg Harden, Walmart Store Manager. “Walmart is truly a place of opportunity and once you get in the company, the sky is the limit. I’m proof of that. My team of associates and I are excited to open this new store and welcome the community.”
To highlight the company’s commitment to the community, the grand opening celebration included presentations of grants totaling $32,000 to organizations in the community. Sam’s Club donated to organizations including the Epilepsy Foundation, National MS Foundation, Dallas Fire Rescue, Special Olympics, Oasis Center, and the Golden Gate Arm. Walmart donated to nonprofits in the community including the Catholic Charities of Dallas, Dallas Police Youth Foundation, Nathan Adams Elementary, and Thomas Marsh Middle School. Last year, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout Texas provided more than $119 million dollars in cash and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations in the state. These donations represent community grants, food donations and associate volunteer efforts from stores, clubs and the Walmart Foundation.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
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 in 651 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.