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Grand Re-opening of the Sam’s Club Laurel

Store Manager Brian Rising cuts the ribbon Hundreds of cupcakes form a celebratory cake...

This morning marked the grand re-opening of the Sam’s Club in Laurel, following $6M dollars in renovations, practically overhauling the store’s interior.   I was on the dais with Laurel City Mayor, Craig Moe, and Laurel Board of Trade President, Matthew Coates.

 Following is an excerpt of remarks I made:

  • 37 Million people shop at Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club every day; more than population of Canada
  • Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club received on average 25 applications for every ten jobs
  • Buying power:  Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart  accounts for 25% of Clorox’s total sales
  • Sam’s Club Wal-Mart’s top-selling item in 2014:  the banana
  • 90% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Sam’s Club Wal-Mart
  • If Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart were a country, it would have the 28th largest economy in the world.

All of this comes from the opportunities given in a free enterprise system, in a country where hard work, dedication and a clear vision can produce tremendous results.

Founder Sam Walton worked hard, and he had this famous saying he repeatedly shared with employees:

“There is only one boss. The customer.  And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”

We are grateful that Sam’s Club has been such a tremendous community partner. Our organization, the BWCC, has been the fortunate recipient of resources to:

  • Support  for the Mathematics Conference, now in its 24th year:  last year nearly 800 teachers attended
  • Business  Education Training Center at the BWCC
  • Support for the BWCC’s Business Showcase & Tasting
  • Support for our Women in Business Program

To Store Manager Brian Rising and the entire Sam’s Club Team, keep up the good work, and thanks for all you do in our regional community.

Walter Townshend, III, President & CEO
Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber


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