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Sam’s Club celebrated the opening of its first club in Wentzville – including 200 new jobs to the community – during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Located at 3055 Bear Creek Drive off I-70 at the Wentzville Parkway exit, the new Sam’s Club will service one of the fastest growing areas of Missouri and drew residents of St. Charles and other surrounding counties. Sam’s Club gave back to the community by donating nearly $39,000 in grants to local charities in celebration of the grand opening. Several of those charities were either from Lincoln County or from agencies providing services to Lincoln County residents.
“Our Wentzville Sam’s Club will enhance the shopping experience in the western section of St. Charles County and even into Lincoln County,” said Club Manager Steven Johnson. “Previously, the closest Sam’s Club was more than 20 miles away. As members of this rapidly growing community stay busy with work and families, we are excited to help our members save time and money through innovative services and amazing savings.”
Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione lauded the partnership between Sam’s Club and the city.
“We are already seeing that Sam’s Club is going to be a great partner with our community,” said Guccione. “The increase in tax revenue the club will bring will allow for better roads, more police and other benefits for our area. We truly expect the opening of Sam’s Club to spur more growth in Wentzville as we reach our second phase of growth.”
The Wentzville Sam’s Club will be the 17th club in Missouri. Sam’s Club, along with parent company Walmart Stores Inc., employs nearly 42,000 associates in Missouri and last year provided more than $524 million in taxes to state and local municipalities.
The Wentzville Sam’s Club will employ approximately 200 associates, both full- and part-time.
“Any time a company can bring 200 new jobs to an area, especially in a struggling economy, it is a plus,” said Johnson, who started his Sam’s Club career 23 years ago as a cashier in Lenexa, Kan. “I went from being a cashier to leading several clubs throughout the nation, which shows the career possibilities available through Sam’s Club.”
Sam’s Club associates selected several local organizations to receive donations, including:
A $10,000 donation went to the SSM St. Joseph Foundation for the obstetrics unit at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West
The Wentzville Sam’s Club will also help fight hunger through regular product donations to the St. Louis Area Food Bank, a certified member of Feeding America.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift that will allow us to purchase five new bassinets for our newborns,” said Sherry Gerke, director of the SSM St. Joseph Hospital Foundation. “This is especially timely. In August we had 127 deliveries, the highest number of babies born in one month at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West since it opened 26 years ago.”
In 2011, Sam’s Club donated $30.3 million in cash and in-kind donations from stores, clubs and The Walmart Foundation to local non-profit organizations in Missouri.
The charities receiving $1,000 grants from Sam’s Club Foundation included:
• Agape Ministry of Warren County (Warrenton)
• Developmental Disabilities Resources of Lincoln County (Troy)
• Friends of Wentzville Parks
• Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County (Wentzville)
• LINC (Wentzville)
• Lincoln County Council on Aging (Troy)
• Salvation Army – Lincoln County Unit (Troy)
• Society of St. Vincent de Paul Sacred Heart Troy Conference (Troy)
• SSM St. Joseph Foundation
• St. Louis Crisis Nursery (Wentzville)
• The Child Center (Wentzville)
•Therapeutic Horsemanship (Wentzville)
• Warren County Council on Aging (Warrenton)
• Wentzville Committee for MLK Celebration
• Wentzville Community Club
• Wentzville Green Lantern Senior Center
• Wentzville Lions Club
• Wentzville Rotary Foundation
• Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity.