Sam’s Club (Sam’s West Inc.) is a membership-only retail warehouse chain that is owned and operated by US-based Walmart. The clubs serve more than 47 million members from the United States and Puerto Rico, and they belong to the top 8 retailers in the country. They are second only to Costco in terms of warehouse clubs’ sales volume. For the fiscal year of 2014, their sales were more than $57 billion. The services they provide include bakery, café, digital photo center, seafood, floral, fuel center, gourmet cheese, meat, pharmacy, alcoholic drinks, and optical.
The following Sam’s Club eye exam prices are estimates only.
Prices may vary by location
|Routine Eye Exam (Visual Field Test included) (Starting Price)||$45.00|
|Routine Eye Exam + Contact Lens Fitting (Starting Price)||$75.00|
Sam’s Club was established in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1983 by Sam Walton. They made their first acquisition in 1987, when they purchased West Monroe, a SuperSaver Wholesale Warehouse Club from Luisiana. This move expanded the business by 24 locations. Walton’s entry to the Northeast was marked when Sam’s was put up in New Jersey in 1989, and Walmart’s opening in Turnersville, New Jersey in 1991. Walmart bought Kmart’s PACE Membership Warehouse in 1993, and then converted many of its stores into Sam’s Clubs.
The company got a new logo in 2006. During that year, they also removed the slogan ‘We are in Business for Small Business’ to move away from the notion that they only cater to small businesses and not individual customers.
In 2007, they unveiled their new slogan: ‘Enjoy the Possibilities.’ They used this in all their marketing campaigns, except on their website. And in 2007, its latest flagship store was opened in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Its largest retail space (with 185,000 sq ft), however, can be found in Pineville, North Carolina. They changed their slogan yet again in 2009 into ‘Savings Made Simple.’
To purchase in their stores, membership is required, except at the pharmacy and the café. The federal law bans the sales of prescription drugs exclusively, as well as gasoline and liquor in some states. Many Walmart newspaper ads contain a one-day pass, which can be used by non-members. Note however that the prices for non-members have a surcharge of 10% (when allowed by local law), except for the following: alcoholic drinks, café, pharmacy, and optical. The fees for membership are guaranteed at all points during the tenure of membership.
As of January 2016, the company operates a total of 665 membership stores across the United States and Puerto Rico, except in Vermont and Oregon. They have 161 stores in Mexico, 27 in Brazil, and 12 in China.
The eye glass brands sold at Sam’s Club include Betsey Johnson, Ray-Ban, Bolle, Persol, and Tiffany, among others. For contact lenses, they have the following brands: Acuvue, Air Optix, Dailies, Bausch + Lomb, Fresh Look, and Biofinity.
They also offer a guide in choosing the right frame for you. They have a large selection of frames, so you can choose the materials used, the shapes, and the colors. The lightweight materials include Titanium, Tmemory metal, TStainless steel, TZyl. The special features include spring hinges, silicone nose pads, magnetic sun clips, FlexPads nose pads. They also have advice on what frames to get based on your skin tone and the shape of your face. An associate will be able to help you make your decision when you go to one of their stores.
Sam’s Club promises to take care of all the eye needs of their customers. Available in most of their locations are Doctors of Optometry, who will be performing the eye exams. You would also be happy to know that they accept many of the vision insurances that are recognized nationally.
You can drop by their stores to get a complimentary cleaning or adjustment of your eyeglasses. While you’re in there, you can take a look at the latest models they carry, including the frames for prescription glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. Aside from saving big when you get their services, you are assured that they use the latest in lens and frame technology.
They will accept Sam’s Club and Walmart credit cards. They offer credit lines to businesses and individuals and these are linked to the membership cards of the customers. The company offers Sam’s Club MasterCard, which can also be used in other establishments where MasterCard is accepted. They also have a cash back program on gasoline, dining, and travel.
Sam’s Club Eye Exam Cost & Location
To schedule an exam, go to Sam’s Club store locator. Enter your city and state on the available field and then click the blue ‘Search’ button. A map will be shown, as well as the list of stores on the left. Click the ‘Club Page’ button of the store you want to go to. On the left side, you can see the list of services offered there, as well as the telephone number of the optical shop. Give them a call to schedule your appointment.
For more information about Sam’s Club eye exam, visit their official website.