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Sam’s Club to open ‘scan and go’ shop in South Tampa warehouse

The Wallmart-owned building will be a hybrid distribution center and traditional retail store.
Trucks docked at the Sam's Club eCommerce center in South Tampa wait to be unloaded by workers, who sort and and prepare items for online orders. (SARA DINATALE | Times) [SDINATALE  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Trucks docked at the Sam's Club eCommerce center in South Tampa wait to be unloaded by workers, who sort and and prepare items for online orders. (SARA DINATALE | Times) [SDINATALE | Tampa Bay Times]

TAMPA — A Sam’s Club that was closed to the public and turned into an online orders warehouse will reopen to shoppers next week.

On Oct. 17, the fulfillment center at 5135 S Dale Mabry Highway will open a retail area where Sam’s Club members can purchase some of the chain’s most popular items. The rest of the warehouse will continue to mainly process and ship orders placed online.

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The entire center will go by the name “SamsClub.com." New signs with that name will be on the building’s exterior, according to construction plans filed with the city this month.

“We made the decision to repurpose this facility to support the company’s growing eCommerce business and quickly fulfill online orders in the region,” Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart, wrote in a statement.

The retail portion of the store will have a limited assortment of products. Rather than go to a cashier, shoppers will use the Sam’s Club smartphone app to check out the items themselves through the “scan & go” option.

Shoppers can also use “scan & go” at regular Sam’s Clubs. After they pay on their phone, the app gives them a barcode that a Sam’s Club employee checks at the door.

The South Tampa Sam’s Club closed its doors to shoppers in January 2018. By September of that year, it began operating as a online shopping distribution center.







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