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The Houston Chronicle reports that a newly renovated Sam’s Club in Shenandoah, Texas, reflects a new approach by the membership club chain - selling more prepared meals, imported cheeses, Angus beef, and other foods designed to make the store more relevant to shoppers.

The store also features “wider aisles and lower shelves to offer a more expansive view of the store,” the story says, and expanded diaper and baby food sections.

The renovation is part of a broader effort by Walmart to remodel 150 of the company’s 600 Sam’s Club units, or about 25 percent of the fleet, to make them more competitive with Costco.
KC's View:
Broader effort is right.

Let’s not forget that the new senior vice president of Walmart’s Sam’s Club South Division - which, I believe, includes Houston - is Shelley Broader, formerly of Delhaize-owned Sweetbay and Hannaford Bros.

If there is one thing that Broader knows it is food - and that knowledge is one of the reasons that Walmart brought her on board. She’s one of the smartest food retailers I know, and I’m not surprised she’s bringing that savvy to Sam’s.