Sam’s Club to Host Grand Opening Celebration Thursday in Conway

Club offers convenience, savings to area families and businesses

BENTONVILLE, Ark.--()--Sam’s Club will open its first location in Conway on Thursday, Jan. 19. Doors open at 1250 S. Amity Road following an 8 a.m. grand opening ceremony.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Conway business community and look forward to serving our members throughout Central Arkansas,” said Club Manager Michelle Austin. “Conway is a thriving community, and we’re proud to grow right along with it.”

The club will employ approximately 175 associates and offer a full pharmacy, optical and hearing aid centers, fresh departments including meat, dairy and produce, and fresh sushi made in-club daily.

New club innovations
Shopping at Sam’s Club has never been more convenient. Members of the Conway club can utilize the company’s new shopping app, Scan & Go, for a lines-free shopping experience. The mobile app works by scanning UPC codes on merchandise as shoppers load them into their cart. When the shopping is done, members can pay directly on their smartphone from anywhere in the club and bypass the checkout line completely.

The Conway club will also offer free Club Pickup, which allows members to order household or business items at and pick them up under the drive-thru canopy.

Commitment to community
As part of the grand opening festivities, Sam’s Club will be awarding $25,000 in grants to several local nonprofits for the work they are doing to make the community a better place to live and work. Statewide in the last fiscal year, Sam’s Club and Walmart provided over $74 million in cash and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations in the state of Arkansas. These donations represent community grants, food donations and associate volunteer efforts from stores, clubs and the Walmart Foundation.

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. Conway’s grand opening will feature Road Show items such as Woody’s BBQ sauce, Chef Shamy Gourmet Butters, Vitamix Blenders, We’re Nuts and Monster Moto Electric. 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
Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry and members of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce will be among those attending Thursday’s ceremony. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2259 Honor Guard will present the colors and associate James Giles will be singing the national anthem.

To add to the excitement, sports fans will have the opportunity to meet former Arkansas Razorback and Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones during the event. Jones will be signing autographs at the new club on opening day from 2-4 p.m. Sam’s Club will also showcase a variety of food samples and product demonstrations throughout grand opening weekend.

Membership information
A 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 member can access exclusive savings on merchandise and outstanding benefits. Memberships range from $45 to $100.

  • Sam’s Club Savings and Business memberships are $45 per year and include Instant Savings which are limited-time promotional discounts that are electronically loaded on a member’s card and automatically applied at the time of purchase of the item.
  • A Sam’s Club Plus membership costs $100 per year and includes early shopping hours and Cash Back Rewards, meaning Plus members earn $10 in Cash Rewards for every $500 they spend in qualifying pre-tax purchases.

As part of a pre-grand opening membership promotion, residents can get up to a $30 gift card when they sign up as a new member. New business members can sign up for a Plus membership valued at $100 for only $45.

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 655 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sam’s Club, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.


Sam’s Club
Dianna Gee, 800-331-0085

Release Summary

Sam’s Club will open its first location in Conway on Thursday, Jan. 19. Doors open at 1250 S. Amity Road following an 8 a.m. grand opening ceremony.


Sam’s Club
Dianna Gee, 800-331-0085