Sam's Club grocery opens on Dallas' Greenville Avenue with artsy surprise
Sam's Club Now, the newfangled concept from Walmart that's due to open on Greenville Avenue, will come with more than groceries: The company has commissioned a local artist to paint a mural on the building that's dedicated to Dallas.
A mural on the side of the store facing Richmond Avenue depicts a mashup of Dallas city life and Texas, with familiar images that range from the red Pegasus flying horse to a field of bluebonnets.
They spent three months concepting the mural, starting with sports legends and local heroes before morphing into a mural that portrays iconic Dallas scenes while representing the Lower Greenville neighborhood.
Some of the city's most recognizable architecture is also featured: Reunion Tower lights up a skyline scene, with Bank of America Plaza and 500 Record rising in the mix.
Texan images include the flag, cowboys, a longhorn, and wind turbines lining the horizon.
The mural also references several art installations in Dallas, including The Eye, the giant eyeball sculpture by Tony Tasset in downtown Dallas; and Waiting on a Train, one portion of the Traveling Man series of sculptures sprinkled throughout Deep Ellum from artist Brad Oldham.
The Greenville Avenue store is national news. Sam's Club CEO Jamie Iannone has dubbed it "the epicenter of innovation for Sam's Club." The entire store will be like a self-serve cashier, with customers using an app to scan items as they shop.
The company decided to open the store after letting the space remain a vacant eyesore for nearly three years.
A spokesperson for Sam's Club says that they've been quietly inviting members in to help test their systems, and are hosting a grand opening party on November 16 at 10 am.