Site work began about a month ago for the estimated 136,000-square-foot store at 220 U.S. Highway 1, which is near Robert M. Bell Parkway. A building permit for the $5.7 million store was issued Feb. 20.
“The decision to locate in Aiken was driven by our desire to better serve our members in western South Carolina and the direct result of listening to their interests in a Sam’s Club in Aiken,” Sam’s Club spokesman Mark Scott said.
About 175 associates will be employed at the store, and hiring is scheduled to start in summer, he said.
The store will include a gas station for Sam’s Club members and a pharmacy, an optical department, a photo center, and fresh produce, meat and bakery departments, Scott said.
Delivery and installation services also will be offered, he said.
Sam’s Club is a retail warehouse for members only. The nationwide stores sell a variety of products, including electronics, jewelry, office supplies, furniture and toys.
Sam’s Club, a subsidiary of Wal-Mart, has more than 47 million members. Annual membership fees begin at $40 for families and individuals, and $35 for businesses.
The Aiken store will be the second Sam’s Club in the Augusta area. The other store is on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. The next nearest Sam’s Club is in Columbia, where there are two stores.
The new Aiken store will be designed with environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures, such as LED lighting and skylights, Scott said.