Two area Sam’s Clubs are preparing for $2 million renovations.
The city is reviewing permit applications for the membership warehouse club stores, each about 140,000 square feet, in Southside and North Jacksonville.
For both, James A. Lastovica of Rogers, Arkansas, is the architect and CPH LLC of Sanford is the civil engineer.
Sam’s East Inc of Bentonville, Arkansas, owns both properties.
The project manual says Sam’s will continue to operate during the project.
In South Jacksonville, the Sam’s Club at 10690 Beach Blvd. is in review for a $2.06 million renovation.
It was built in 1992 on 18 acres.
The project includes interior and exterior demolition, new shop-in combination coolers, a new sushi tenant, new refrigeration equipment, new and renovated equipment cases, a renovated sales area and more.
In North Jacksonville, the Sam’s Club at 300 Busch Drive is in review for an almost $2.2 million renovation.
It was built in 1995 on 17 acres.
The project includes interior and exterior demolition, a new sushi tenant, a new fresh juice area, a new shop-in produce cooler and a new shop-in dairy cooler, a renovated produce prep area, new and renovated cases, a renovated sales area, new refrigeration equipment and more.
The third area Sam’s Club at 6373 Youngerman Circle in Southwest Jacksonville was remodeled after the city issued a permit in July 2022 for a $1.1 million renovation similar to the others.
C.C. Borden Construction Inc. of Jacksonville was the contractor for the project, which was completed as of March 31, 2021, according to a city Certificate of Completion.
Sam’s East also owns that 140,000-square-foot store built in 1992 on 14 acres.
Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Inc., has been identified as Project Crystal, which will lease a 1,003,200-square-foot building at 1511 Zoo Parkway in Imeson Park South in North Jacksonville.
As of Jan. 31, 2023, the fiscal year-end, Sam’s Club used 29 dedicated distribution facilities across the U.S. Total revenue was $84.3 billion.
Sam’s Club announced plans to open more than 30 new clubs across the U.S. over the next several years along with a plan to invest in and modernize its supply chain through new distribution and fulfillment center locations across the country, “including cutting-edge automation.”
Sam’s Club said it will launch five new supply chain fulfillment and distribution centers in 2023, with the first location planned in Georgia in the third quarter.
It also will add other facilities to its supply chain network and retrofit some existing facilities so that its distribution centers are closer to its stores.
Corporate.walmart.com says there are almost 600 clubs across the U.S and Puerto Rico and each averages about 136,000 square feet. Its first club opened in 1983 in Midwest City, Oklahoma.