ELLICOTT - Not only do club members benefit from the newly remodeled Sam's Club, but also local organizations.
On Friday, a grand reopening ceremony was held at the newly remodeled store, located at 720 Fairmount Ave. During the ceremony, Sam's Club officials presented four checks for $1,000 each to four local organizations: the Babe Ruth World Series, Celoron Hose Company No. 1, Ellicott Police Department and WCA Hospital.
Darcie Lozo, Sam's Club manager, said the newly remodeled store includes a new bakery, new entrance and four new self-checkout registers.
Sam’s Club employees and local officials participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled Sam’s Club, located at 720 Fairmount Ave.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
"We're pleased with the added convenience this remodel brings to our members," Lozo said. "Whether we're helping a busy mom prepare for a child's birthday party in the bakery, or offering someone the opportunity to skip the lines and use self-checkout, these changes will make our members' lives easier."
During the ceremony the Southwestern Central High School band played, Vietnam Veterans of America presented the color guard and state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R,C,I-Chautauqua, spoke. Goodell said 20 years ago Ellicott officials had to make the controversial decision to pass a variance that allowed for the business to building along the Fairmount Avenue business corridor.
"Thank you Sam's Club for investing in our community," he said. "This store has helped this community tremendously."
Cecil Miller III, Ellicott supervisor, and Lisa Vanstrom, Ellicott councilwoman for Ward 1, were also in attendance for the ceremony.
When the local Sam's Club opened 18 years ago, they asked employees what local organization they wanted to adopt to donate toward. The employees adopted St. Susan Center, which has received donations through the years from Sam's Club's meat department.
In addition to improving the physical club and member experience, Sam's Club continues to invest in the communities it serves. In 2012, Sam's Club locations, Walmart stores and the Walmart Foundation provided more than $20 million in community giving in New York.