HARKER HEIGHTS — Open for a full week, the parking lot at the new Sam’s Club continues to remain packed and has maintained a steady flow of shoppers.
According to Mark Scott, public relations manager for the members-only club, more than 3,900 transactions were processed on opening day and more than 8,000 throughout its opening weekend. The store specializing in bulk goods at discount prices opened Sept. 26.
Sam’s Club officials were unable to disclose how the Heights opening day numbers compared to other recent club grand openings in other locations. Officials did not release dollar figures of opening day sales.
“The grand opening exceeded our expectations and we were very happy with the strong grand opening we had in Harker Heights,” Scott said.
Club Manager Joe Tovi said he’s never been a part of an opening like this one and members have kept him busy.
“I’ve been to four other clubs’ grand openings, but the response we got from the community here was unlike anything I have ever experienced before,” Tovi said. “I really didn’t expect this type of community response, but we really appreciate everything the community has done for us and we hope to continue to foster that relationship and to help our members shop smarter and save more.”
Tovi said during the club’s membership blitz, which started a year ago, the Harker Heights location signed up 36,000 new members, including free memberships to service members.
Various opening day activities kept members busy including the 120 shoppers who got the opportunity to interact with former Dallas Cowboys football player Ed “Too Tall” Jones.
Another big draw on opening day were free health screenings.
Residents continue to flock to the new store, but some members like Denia Bowman, of Harker Heights, don’t need to brave the parking situation. “I can walk here from my house,” Bowman said. “The location is very convenient for me and I like that it’s right in my neighborhood.”