Bentonville retailer Sam’s Club plans to expand its physical footprint with a new 34,000 square foot building on its corporate campus just west of Moberly Lane in Bentonville.
Sam’s Club Design Studio will be a space dedicated to innovation. Product Manager Tim Simmons shared the news on Monday, September 19 during day one of the Grocery conference in Las Vegas.
In an accompanying blog post on Monday, Martin Granstrom, the company’s vice president of product design and research, shared additional details.
“This is Sam’s Club’s first dedicated space to innovate, create and collaborate,” Granstrom wrote. “A building where all associates are welcome and encouraged to present, develop and organize new ideas for the betterment of our business.”
Granstrom wrote that a dedicated space will give several advantages to Sam’s Club:
- Neutral space allows for easier collaboration with external partners
- Workshop-based space puts innovators in the spirit of creating, not working
- Physical testing of products and hardware without today’s space constraints
- Strong communication of commitment to be a design-led organization with this investment and footprint
“We are still the experience that Sam Walton started in 1983, and our goal at Sam’s Club will always be to create the most seamless and convenient user experiences,” Granstrom wrote. “For us, the announcement of our Design Studio officially marks the innovation woven into the fabric of our business for the future.”
Sam’s Club spokeswoman Allison Van Matre said construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2023 and should be completed the following spring. The construction site is in the south parking lot of Sam’s Club Headquarters, at the corner of Southeast Simple Savings Drive and Southeast S Street.
Nielsen Architecture of Bentonville is constructing the design studio. The interior architecture is carried out by Taylor Workshop of Atlanta.
Sam’s Club operates as a warehouse club subsidiary of Walmart Inc. The company did not disclose the capital cost for the construction project or the number of Sam’s Club employees working at the Bentonville headquarters.
Sam’s Club has operated from its current headquarters since early 2009. Walmart purchased the building, formerly known as the Superior Building, for $29.9 million in September 2008 to serve as the new headquarters for Sam’s Club and approximately 1,000 of its employees. They were previously housed in several buildings on Southwest Eighth Street near Walmart’s headquarters.
Walmart bought the building from developers Burt Hanna, owner of Hanna’s Candle and Greenland Composites, and David Slone, owner of Superior Auto Group in Fayetteville.
The four-story building was constructed in 2007.