Sam’s Club has completed months of work to improve its store in Roanoke on Towne Square Boulevard and will celebrate the improvements at a ribbon cutting on Friday.
The renovations included some work that isn’t visible to customers, such as upgrading the security cameras throughout the store, but also some noticeable improvements. Among them:
- The meat, cafe and bakery areas received new flooring and new walls.
- The photo lab will now only process digital photos (it previously accepted film). It has four new machines with stools for customers to download photos and choose print options. The photo lab also has new printers.
- A resurfaced parking lot
- Fresh paint on the building’s exterior and interior
- Polished concrete floors
- Six new self-checkout stations
- Ten new “convertible” registers, which can be turned around to become self-checkout stations when a cashier is on break
The work was valued at $2 million, according to a building permit filed last year with the city.
The ribbon cutting starts at 9:30. The store’s manager, Brian Dent, will be joined by Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce president Joyce Waugh as well as mayor David Bowers and Roanoke police chief Chris Perkins. A group of Sam’s Club associates who were present at the store’s opening in 1987 will also be present.
As part of the reopening, Sam’s Club will give $5,000 in grants to the Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army, the Samaritian Inn, Micah’s Backpack and Apple Ridge Farm.