After being closed since February of last year and promising a new and improved store, Sam’s Club at 25 Pace Boulevard off Bald Hill Road will be reopening its doors within a year. Construction is already underway.
A ceremony will be held at the Route 2 location tomorrow at 9 a.m. to announce that customers will be able to shop by spring of 2013. On hand will be Ward 8 Councilman Ray Gallucci, who said he is looking forward to the event, as well as the rebirth of the store.
“I think a lot of people miss Sam’s,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve been getting calls that people don’t believe it’s going to reopen, but it will be.”
Mayor Scott Avedisian plans to attend the announcement. Further, he said he’s thrilled that so many new entities are opening or have recently reopened in Warwick, including Jordan’s Furniture, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Red Robin, Pink Berry, as well as Balise Motors.
“It’s an indication to me not only that the retail community is responding to coming out of the economic bad time, but also the fact that [businesses] are consistently choosing to either reopen in Warwick or pick Warwick as a first time retailer is very exciting,” he said in a phone interview yesterday afternoon.
While details are scarce, Sam’s will feature the construction of a building that is handicapped accessible, a pharmacy and an optical department. The facility will be slightly bigger than the former building.
Also, it will bring back the 113 full- and part-time jobs lost in 2011, as well as add at least seven more.
Chris Buchanan, the director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Wal-Mart, a corporation that owns and operates Sam’s, also said he will be at the event. Via email, he shared his sentiments of the reopening.
“We at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are very excited to be able to bring this store back to Warwick with the enhanced items,” he said. “Overall, we look forward to saving our Warwick area customers and club members money so they can live better.”
The store, which originally opened in 1994, is the only one in the state.