Annual membership at Sam’s Club is to increase for the first time in nine years



Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart, announced this week that it will increase its yearly fees this fall as the warehouse club’s membership continues to remain at a record high.nnClub members’ dues will rise from $45 to $50, while Plus members, who have access to more benefits, would pay $110 rather than $100. nnThe changes go into effect on October 17.nnIt is the first fee increase for the basic membership in nine years, since its introduction in 1999, Sam’s Club has not increased the cost of the Plus membership.nnAs warehouse clubs profit from clients who are cost-conscious, Sam’s Club is raising annual fees. nnDuring the first few months of the Covid epidemic, customers flocked to Costco, BJ’s Wholesale, and Sam’s Club.