Members of the community watch as local Sam's Club manager Mike Hampson, second from left, hands a $1,000 check to Lufkin Rotary Club representative Allen Rush on Tuesday afternoon, during a media preview of the new Sam's Club on Brentwood Drive, off U.S. Highway 59 south.
..."It's a real opportunity for Lufkin to stand up and be seen," Mike Hampson, manager of the new Sam's Club beside the Wal-Mart Supercenter off U.S. Highway 59 south, said during a media preview of the facility Tuesday afternoon.
"It's going to help our community by making it more of a destination shopping center."
The new Sam's Club, which opens with ribbon cutting ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, also is expected to provide a boost to the Lufkin economy.Hampson
said the club will staff its new 138,000-square-foot facility with 180 employees, up from the 110 who worked in the 86,000-square-foot Timberland Drive location.