Walmart closing more than 60 Sam's Club stores

Gladys Abbott
January 13, 2018

Sam's Club is closing 63 of its stores to "better align" its store locations with its strategy.

The news came as a surprise for the people who worked in some of those stores because majority walked into a sign announcing the closure, instead of their jobs.

In a note, Sam's Club president and CEO John Furner said that there were stores hindering business at other locations, or that were operating in areas that were not seeing the population growth that had been expected.

They reportedly showed up to their Sam's Club workplace and found that its doors were locked and there was a notice announcing the closure.

According to Sam's Club spokeswoman, Delila Garcia, the clubs will close on January 26.

On Twitter Sam's Club replied to several questions regarding the shut down of stores around the country.

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The decision leaves the Triangle with only three Sam's Clubs to choose from - west Durham, north Raleigh and a Raleigh location south of downtown.

WQAD News 8 is working to get in touch with Moline's planning and development director about the situation.

With this move, the world's largest private employer has scored big points with Republican politicians, who now have a talking point for the campaign trail, and maybe also from shoppers who see its wage increase as socially responsible. The supermarket chain will expand its maternity and parental leave benefits, and will proved a one-time cash bonus for eligible employees of up to $1,000.

Further, employees who have worked with the company for an extended period of time will receive bonuses, with those who have worked there for over 20 years receiving a one-time $1,000 bonus. And a Walmart spokesman acknowledged via email that the company had already planned an upcoming wage increase in "select geographies" - although he said there was no across-the-board hike planned prior to passage of the tax law.

The closures came on the same day that Walmart announced it would boost its starting salary for USA workers to $11 an hour and hand out one-time cash bonuses.

The wonder, even so, is that Walmart didn't do more. Walmart said those being laid off at Sam's Club will still receive a bonus. He said it was too early to say how many people would lose their jobs since some will be placed at other Walmart locations or be rehired to the e-commerce sites. It is one of at least 63 reported closures across the USA and is expected to impact thousands of workers. "Those of us who serve at the state and local levels of government stand ready and willing to work together to help find a better solution".

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