At the opening of Sam's Club in Castle Rock, a check for 30,000 dollars was awarded to the Douglas County Education Foundation.

Warehouse club shoppers can take a sigh of relief. Sam’s Club is finally here. Making a grand entrance last Thursday, the local retailer is taking an innovative approach to the shopping experience, while also bringing jobs and aid to the community.

By way of the of the field laboratory club—near their headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas—their newest Castle Rock location is looking to ‘wow’ it’s members. “I know they have had plans to open this location for a while,” said Tricia Trupp, Club Manager. “I’m glad to be a part of this event.”

The Castle Rock Sam’s Club is located at 5940 Promenade Parkway, 80108.

One of three special clubs in the nation, this Sam’s will be introducing new technology and shopping ease. Along with a new ‘concierge’ type service—allowing customers to order online and schedule next-day pick up at their canopy drive through—they are now offering convenient scan-and-go at checkout.

“Mostly our response has been about scan-and-go,” she said. “People have said that even though there was a crowd, they were able to get through quickly.” Customers can choose to either wait in line for a cashier to help them with their wares or skip the line and cash out themselves.

Scan-and-go technology lets consumers buy items and check out through your smartphone.

They have also changed things at the cafe. Their addition of a self-order kiosk is similar to the experience of grabbing a bite at the airport. “Customers can come in and order a quick bite from the wide variety of choices of food at our innovative cafe,” Trupp added.

Extra measures have allowed Sam’s to expand their fresh seafood selection. This has given way to a sushi bar where they make your rolls onsite. “We are one of the few clubs in the nation that have a sushi bar,” she said. “Our new additions to the seafood and produce areas have been huge; we’ve even added fresh squeezed orange juice!”

The sushi bar at Sam’s.

But the added bells and whistles aren’t the only way the retailer wants to make an impact. Mayor Jennifer Green noted how Sam’s presence will give a boost to the local economy.

“The opening of Sam’s Club has brought 200 jobs to Castle Rock,” said Mayor Green. Not only will the jobs help to keep the unemployment rate low—which has recently hovered under three percent—it will also add to the services that help keep residents safe.

“Because Castle Rock is reliant on sales tax to fund services, including police and fire, we hope residents will choose to spend their dollars locally rather than traveling north on I-25 to other communities,” Mayor Green added.

And the retailer is already using its influence to reach out to local non-profits. Under the umbrella that supports Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, during their grand opening, they awarded checks to several applicants, including; Douglas County Educational Foundation and Hide In Plain Sight.

“During the grand opening, Sam’s Club gave away $55K in grants to local non-profits and the school district’s educational foundation,” noted Mayor Green. “Sam’s Club has committed to help others in our community.”