Sam’s Club Now : Lower Greenville Mural

Sam’s Club Now, the new concept from Walmart that opened November 1 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.

Sam’s asked Dallas artist Michael McPheeters to execute a mural on the side of the store facing Richmond Avenue, depicting a mashup of Dallas city life and Texas, with familiar images that range from the red Pegasus flying horse to a field of bluebonnets.

Sam’s and McPheeters 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 cleverly 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.

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