MANSFIELD, Texas, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sam's Club will open its new Mansfield club at 1740 North Highway 157 following an 8 a.m. Grand Opening ceremony Thursday, Oct. 24. The membership warehouse club will give residents and small business owners the opportunity to access incredible savings on quality products, including products made in Texas. "We talk to our members in the region before putting items inside the club," said Club Manager Chekelah Betts. "By selecting only the best products that cater specifically to our local community, we are able to purchase them in much larger quantities and pass on the savings directly to our members." The Mansfield Sam's Club will become the 77th in Texas. Grand Opening ceremony features local officials, special eventsBefore the club opens for business, the Grand Opening ceremony will feature presentations by Mansfield Mayor David Cook and Chamber of Commerce President Amanda Miller. During the Grand Opening, Sam's Club will showcase a variety of special events inside the club. Jim and Lor's Candy Store from nearby Arlington will be onsite with a variety of sweet treats Grand Opening day. Other attractions will include Bulletproof Energy Drinks and Chef Shamy's Gourmet Butters through Sunday, Oct. 27. The Mansfield Fire Department will provide free batteries at Sam's Club on Thursday, courtesy of Duracell, to recharge smoke detectors for the holidays. In preparation for the season, local wineries will be on-site to answer wine and pairing questions and also provide bottle signings. In addition, immunizations will be offered Opening Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free health screenings will also be given the following weekend, Nov. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assess cholesterol, blood pressure, vision, hearing and a variety of other wellness areas. Special deals, quality products help small businesses and busy familiesAs part of the Grand Opening celebration, Sam's Club will offer special savings on featured products. These limited-time offers will only be available Opening Day through Sunday, Oct. 27. Quantities are limited on discounted electronics. Additionally, busy families can rely on fresh produce, quality meats and home meal solutions, while office supplies, vending machine snacks and paper goods prepare small business members for success. Additional benefits for small business owners include early shopping hours, personal shopping through Click 'n' Pull, truck-load savings, and access to quality items most often used by foodservice businesses, restaurant owners and caterers. Measuring approximately 136,000 square feet, the new club will feature a variety of members-only amenities, including a fresh bakery, a tire and battery center, a cafe and a fuel station. A number of health and wellness services are also available. The Sam's Club pharmacy, open to both members and the public, features many $4 and $10 generic prescriptions, as well as extraordinary savings on branded prescriptions. The optical center offers $40 off each additional pair of regularly priced prescription eyeglasses with the purchase of a complete pair of eyeglasses at regular price. Lastly, at the hearing aid center, premium technology in hearing aids and personal listening devices is available from a certified audiologist. New club brings 175 new jobs to community, local givingTo staff the new Mansfield Sam's Club, Betts has hired 175 associates. Sam's Club currently employs more than 11,000 Texans. "My career with Sam's Club began 10 years ago," said Pharmacy Manager Renee Monical. "I was looking for a company that would give me the job satisfaction and advancement in a professional atmosphere. During the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to work with the finest pharmacists, support staff and management. I am truly fortunate and blessed to work for such a caring, compassionate and patient-focused company." Grants to local organizations will be provided to celebrate the opening of the new club.