Sam’s Club drops membership requirement for Hurricane Harvey shoppers

As water flies off shelves across the state, Sam’s Club announced that they would be waiving membership fees in some Texas cities for people to buy emergency supplies.

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Usually, memberships cost between $45-$100, and the Arkansas-based store announced this week that people can shop without a membership in McAllen, San Antonio, Harlingen, Brownsville, Laredo and Corpus Christi.

Some Sam’s Clubs in Austin are allowing people to shop for emergency supplies even without a membership. This photo is from a 2015 shopping spree at a Sam’s Club in Austin that allowed the Austin Police Department to give gifts to local families in need.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Even though Austin isn’t technically on the list, a manager at the location on Ben White said that they would be happy to help hurricane shoppers stock up on supplies if they need it.

As the city fills up with evacuees, I imagine that all three Austin locations will also allow you to grab emergency supplies over the next few days. There are lots of folks coming to Austin who might not have many grocery options when they head back home, so don’t take more than you need.


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Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and

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