I have seen advertisements recently for Sam's Club. I am hoping the closed Walmart on Crater Lake Avenue will be transformed into a Sam's Club and not another Super Walmart.
—Chris G., Central Point
Sorry to disappoint, Chris, but the temporarily closed Walmart on Crater Lake Avenue will return as a new and improved Supercenter, not as a Sam's Club.
The store was closed the evening before the opening of the newest south Medford Walmart Supercenter at 1360 Center Drive on Aug. 15.
The north Medford Walmart will be closed for about a year before reopening as a 152,000-square-foot supercenter, "bigger and better" than before, according to a public affairs spokesperson for Walmart.
The spokesperson said that the new location would not be a Sam's Club, a membership-based retail warehouse identified as a major competitor to Costco, which is next door to the north Medford Walmart location.
Sam's Club regularly makes mass purchases of advertisements, and seeing them appear locally doesn't mean the store is planning on opening a location in the region.
In order to pick up some deals at Sam's Club, shoppers will have to venture out of state, as no Sam's Clubs currently operate in Oregon, according to the company's website.
The closest stores are in Sacramento and the Seattle area.
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