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CardsiOn a recent visit to Sam's Club in Deptford NJ, I stumbled on to a new promotion they are running... geared to helping out select area business and the two featured currently are Marlene Mangia Bene in Woodbury and Villari's Lakeside in Sicklerville.

Since before the holidays, Sam's Club has been promoting national casual eating places such as UNO's and Don Pablos, by selling discounted gift cards in the store.   My wife and I are big UNO's fans and have purchased several of them (Gluten Free products and Beer!)

So this past Sunday I was in Sam's Club and was surprised to see that in the mix of large displays of discount cards, were the two local restaurants!  They must have just put them out that morning.

Both discounts were to receive $100 worth of certificates/gift cards for $80.  A 20% savings.  Of course they are great for gifts but these discounts are also great for your own use!

I have no plans to promote local "deals", but I thought this was of extra interest because Sam's is owned by Walmart, the largest corporation in the world... and its pretty damn cool that they would support a program like this to help local businesses.  This isn't some basic "hang a banner" or "post on website" promotion... these are professionally designed packaging and cards, which took a lot of effort and money on someone's part to put together.  I really have no additional information than what I saw in the store, so we'll wait and see if other restaurants are up to bat next.

Stop in at Sam's Club Deptford to pick up.  It was noted on a facebook post that these are available at other area Sam's Clubs but I can not confirm.

A NJ.Com review from last fall has good things to say about Marlene Mangia Bene, which is owned by Bellmawr residents.

Marlene Mangia Bene
43 South Broad St
Woodbury, NJ 08096

Villari's Lakeside
2375 Sicklerville Rd
Sicklerville, NJ 08081