Sam’s Club starts work on major renovation

By Rosemary McCoy

After a delay, Sam’s Club has started work on its remodeling project, which basically will create a new store inside.

The membership-only warehouse chain that’s part of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been at 3201 S. Louise Ave. since 1991.

Sam’s Club initially sought a $3.7 million building permit in March, but the business had to take another look at the budget and ended up requesting and receiving a permit with a $2.4 million valuation.

“I think the contractor came back with a better price,” said B.J. Flayton, club manager.

“It’s a whole-new update, and everything is still happening.”

New features include walk-in produce and dairy coolers, a sushi bar, a fresh-squeezed orange juice bar and a canopy over the entrance and drive-up area. The seasonal merchandise will move from the back of the store to the front, and the aisles in that area will go in a different direction than the rest of the store to give it more of a “pop,” Flayton said.

The cafe is being reworked “from the ground up,” and the menu is expanding, he said. While Flayton doesn’t know all of the additions, he said there will be fried foods.

New equipment is coming for everything from cash registers and refrigeration to the security system.

“The major footprint of the project will be done by November,” Flayton said, with finishing touches completed by mid-January.

The store remains open during the work.

 

 

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Sam’s Club starts work on major renovation

After a delay, Sam’s Club has started work on its remodeling project, which basically will create a new store inside.

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