Make us your home page

New Sam's Club in Riverview draws job seekers

Dennis Sanders of Brandon fills out a job application at the Sam’s Club set to open March 10 at Big Bend and U.S. 301. Many of the discount warehouse’s new hires have started working.

SUSAN GREEN | Special to the Times

Dennis Sanders of Brandon fills out a job application at the Sam’s Club set to open March 10 at Big Bend and U.S. 301. Many of the discount warehouse’s new hires have started working.

RIVERVIEW — With the Sam's Club at Big Bend Road and U.S. 301 nearing completion, local residents have lined up at the nearby offices to join — either the payroll or the membership roster.

The discount membership warehouse giant is set to open its Riverview store March 10. The last of 170 permanent jobs at the new Sam's Club store were filled this week, and many of the new hires already have started working, said hiring manager Tracy Snelgrove.

She said she will continue accepting applications through next week for about 30 temporary cashier positions expected to last through the March grand opening.

"We're still looking at applications every day for attrition, to make sure we're where we need to be," Snelgrove said.

She said more than 1,300 people sought jobs at the store since Sam's Club started taking applications Dec. 9. Most applicants were from Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach and Sun City Center, and the jobs available were mostly entry-level cashier, shelf restock or clerical positions.

The majority of jobs went to new hires, with about 30 employees transferring to the Riverview Sam's Club from other stores in the chain. The store's payroll includes eight management positions, all filled, Snelgrove said.

Sam's Club hopes to open with a customer membership of 15,000. As of this week, sales associates had signed up about half that target number, Snelgrove said.

Sales associates posted at the Walmart in Wimauma over the weekend offered a $50 gift card with purchase of a $100 premium membership that includes extra discounts. Snelgrove said customers are likely to encounter such offers at local Walmart stores, which are affiliated with the Sam's Club chain.

Customers who buy the standard $40 membership are eligible for a $20 gift card. The promotions are expected to last through March.

Customers who want to beat the grand opening crowds can sign up at the hiring and membership center set up in a storefront at 10275 Big Bend Road.

A Valrico resident, Snelgrove said she was familiar with the area near Summerfield, where the new store is under construction, before accepting her Sam's Club management job.

"I remember the days when it was nothing but pasture," she said, noting that Riverview is considered one of the fastest growing communities in Florida.

Successful job applicants have been excited to get work in a tough economy, but customers also have been enthusiastic, Snelgrove said.

South Hillsborough residents who shop at the Sam's Club in Brandon sometimes faced a challenging trip on Interstate 75 or U.S. 301 because of heavy traffic, she said.

"I know that we have been trying for years to get a club into Riverview," she said.

Job seekers can apply online at and select "Sam's Club #4801."

Susan Green can be reached at

New Sam's Club in Riverview draws job seekers 01/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 3:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. New stores coming to Tyrone Square Mall, like Bath & Body Works


    Tyrone Square Mall will welcome a half dozen new stores, like Bath & Body Works and MidiCi's The Neapolitan Pizza Company, this summer.

  2. Target Corp. reaches $18.5 million settlement with 47 states over data breach


    Target Corp. has agreed to pay Florida $928,963 out of a newly-announced $18.5 million settlement over a huge data breach that occurred in late 2013.

    Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have reached an $18.5 million settlement with Target Corp. to resolve the states' probe into the discounter's massive pre-Christmas data breach in 2013. 
[Associated Press]
  3. Gov. Rick Scott's family history of alcohol abuse could decide 'liquor wall' bill


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott must decide Wednesday whether to let Walmart and other big-box stores sell liquor, and he says a factor in his decision is the history of alcohol abuse in his family.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott is considering a veto of a bill that would allow Walmart, Target and other big box retail stores to sell liquor. [Andres Leiva | Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Tampa lands Super Bowl in 2021


    TAMPA — Record rainfall in Los Angeles ultimately may end Tampa Bay's drought of hosting the Super Bowl.

    Mike Tomlin celebrates with LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu after the Steelers beat the Cardinals in 

Super Bowl XLIII  on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [Times files (2009)
  5. As St. Petersburg's Jabil Circuit broadens its business, it shrinks its name to Jabil


    St. Petersburg's Fortune 500 company, Jabil Circuit, informally tossed aside the "Circuit" in its name some time ago. That's because circuit board manufacturing, the company's core business for decades, has been squeezed out by a broader business agenda ranging from consumer packaging to supply chain management.

    Jabil Circuit informally dropped "Circuit" from its marketing material and signage, like at its St. Petersburg headquarters, years ago. Now it's official.
[Times file photo]