Sam's Club, a membership-based warehouse owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has joined the growing group of retailers that call Castle Rock home — something local club members say is an exciting development.
The Castle Rock Sam's Club, located at 5940 Promenade Parkway, held a grand opening on Jan. 26. As part of the festivities, the store donated $50,000 to local organizations, including the Douglas County School District.
Mayor Jennifer Green, along with other council members, helped kick-start the morning. She spoke to attendees about the store's potential benefits to the tax base, also noting it brought 200 jobs to Castle Rock.
“It will be nice to shop locally instead of traveling up I-25,” she said of the store's closeness to home.
The next nearest Sam's Club is on Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree — and it was the Castle Rock store's convenience that piqued the interest of the first shoppers to explore the warehouse.
Tony Lensing of Castle Rock, a Sam's Club member since 2000, said he was surprised to find a robust alcohol section in the store. Lensing said he had previously driven to the Park Meadows location. He remarked at the size of the Castle Rock Sam's Club, saying it might take time to learn the layout, but overall he was grateful for its close proximity to home.
“If we need something we can just zip over here,” he said.
Amy Douglas, a member for almost 20 years, agreed with Lensing as she scoped out deals on wine. Douglas said she's lived in numerous states but the Castle Rock Sam's Club is one of the largest she's seen.
A few aisles over from Douglas, Jeni Knox shopped with her 1-year-old son Rogan. Knox said she looked forward to deals on children's and household cleaning products, and having a Sam's Club nearby.
“And honestly,” she said with a laugh, “my kids are really looking forward to the samples.”
Club manager Tricia Trupp said the franchise wants to give back to its town. It's why they donate to local organizations, she said, which can apply for grants year-round. Trupp thanked the community for its support, saying it was an honor to serve the town.
“Let's get ready,” Trupp said, “to shop.”