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Renovation is done at Sam’s Club in Oakwood
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Brooke Woodward shop for produce Tuesday morning, Oct. 31, 2017 inside a giant walk-in cooler at Sam's Cub in Oakwood. The new open cooler is part of a series on renovations inside the wholesale club. - photo by Scott Rogers

From the sushi bar in the back of the store to the self-order kiosks in the cafe, Sam’s Club in Oakwood is entering the holiday season with a brand-new look.

Except for a couple of loose ends, extensive renovation is finished at the membership-fee-based store at 3839 Mundy Mill Road, next to Wal-Mart.

Started earlier this year, the project “flowed as it was supposed to,” store manager David Keasler said during a store tour Tuesday.

In addition to sushi, the store now features premium meat selections and fresh seafood that it says is “delivered from boat to club within 48 hours.”

Sam’s Club

Where: 3839 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

More info: 770-532-8884 or samsclub.com

Big changes were made to the club’s popular cafe. Customers, who may remember long lines to

order and pay for food, can now go directly to self-order kiosks and then pick up food from a counter.

The menu has changed too. There are the familiar pizza combo and pretzels, but customers also can order coffee and cappuccino, made-to-order sandwiches and smoothies.

Other changes include an expanded health and wellness area, which features a private health services room for immunizations, dietary help and other services.

Another big addition is walk-in coolers, where customers can shop for produce and dairy items.

“I love (the coolers),” said Brooke Woodward of Flowery Branch. “I shop at other grocery stores and (the produce) doesn’t last very long. It was two weeks ago when I got grapes (from Sam’s) and they’re still good.”

The changes reflect catering to “a target audience” that seeks certain conveniences in their shopping experience.

For example, shoppers don’t have to pick up ribeye steaks in bulk.

“We now have the option of buying just two ribeyes at a time,” Keasler said.

And many customers also prefer shopping digitally.

An outside covered area where shoppers have loaded items into their vehicle will serve as an area where people can pick up items bought online. Customers will put information into a kiosk, and an employee will bring the items to their car.

That’s still in the works, but people can still pick up items they’ve bought online. For the meantime, they need to go inside the store to get the items.

Also, a tire storage area has been replaced by a tire showroom.

“So, it will be more member-friendly coming into there,” Keasler said.

Sam’s Club has been in Oakwood since 1994, previously located off Frontage Road where Northeast Georgia Health System’s Corporate Plaza is now.

“This building (off Mundy Mill) has been here nine years, so it’s time for it to get refreshed,” Keasler has said. “With that usually comes the new amenities.”

A grand reopening is set for Dec. 1.

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