Third Sam's Club coming to Omaha metro area in 2014

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Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:00 am

A Sam’s Club warehouse store will open in Papillion next year.

The new store at the northeast corner of 72nd Street and Cornhusker Road is expected to open in fall 2014, company public relations manager Mark Scott said. It will include a fueling station for members, a pharmacy open to the public, a photo center and “Click ‘n’ Pull” service, which allows members to submit orders online and pick them up at the store.

About 175 people are expected to be hired to staff the 136,000-square-foot store, Scott said. The store will probably begin hiring in summer 2014, Scott said. Sam’s Club and its parent company, Walmart, currently employ more than 11,000 Nebraskans, he said.

Walmart is also in the process of building seven smaller-scale grocery stores known as Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the metro area.

The Sam’s Club will join Hobby Lobby and Walgreens in the Settlers Creek commercial development. A fiscal analysis of the development showed that, at full build-out, the center would be valued at about $23 million and would generate $728,000 in property and sales tax revenue for the City of Papillion.

“This is significant for not just Papillion but for all of Sarpy County, and it says a lot about the health of the local economy in the metro area,” said Papillion Mayor David Black in a statement.

Developer Jay Lerner of the Lerner Co. said he was pleased to have the store as part of the Settlers Creek project.

The store will be located just south of the new Hobby Lobby, which opened in May. Smaller pad sites are also proposed along the outer edge of the development along 72nd Street and Cornhusker, according to preliminary site plans.

Scott said the new Sam’s Club will be constructed with a variety of environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures, including skylights to reduce the amount of energy required to light the store and LED lighting throughout the building.

Sam’s Club currently has one Omaha location at 13130 L St. and one in Council Bluffs at 3221 Manawa Center Dr. The Papillion store will be the company’s fifth in Nebraska.

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