According to Business Insider, Walmart is now closing 63 Sam's Club stores throughout the United States. Several stores were closed very abruptly on Thursday. In several cases, employees weren't even informed of the closure prior to showing up at work.
Rather than learning about the closing of these stores ahead of time, they learned after showing up to work and finding the doors locked and notice informing that of the closure.
Ten of the closing stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centers. Employees at these stores will, unfortunately, have to reapply for positions at those locations. the remaining stores will stay open for several more weeks, but will then close permanently. All stores impacted were suddenly removed from Sam's Club's website on Thursday morning.
On Thursday, Sam's Club went to Twitter to explain the massive closure of stores.
"After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy," they said. "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition."
Interestingly, the closures came on the very same day that Walmart announced that they will be raising hourly wages to $11 and giving bonuses of $1,000. You can read more about this in our story published earlier today.
It is not necessarily the case that the money for bonuses and pay raises came from the closing of these stores. To the contrary, the Sam's Club store closes have been under consideration for many months.
Here is a list compiled by Business Insider of the stores that will be closing:
8801 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515
48 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701
3900 Grants Mill Rd, Irondale, AL 35210
2425 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194
5757 E State Route 69, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
1375 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85286
15255 N Northsight Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
3360 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
17835 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748
12540 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680
69 Pavilions Dr, Manchester, CT 06042
355 FL-436, Fern Park, FL 32730
5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33611
2994 Turner Hill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
501 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL 60510
21430 S Cicero Ave, Matteson, IL 60443
6600 44th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
808 S Illinois Rte 59, Naperville, IL 60540
900 S Barrington Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107
1055 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
460 S Weber Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446
3015 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268
10859 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46229
4024 Elkhart Rd #1, Goshen, IN 46526
9598 Cortana Pl, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
9750 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
340 E. Edgewood Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48911
3745 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426
2800 27th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560
11 Batchelder Rd, Seabrook, NH 03874
81 International Dr S, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
1900 E Linden Ave, Linden, NJ 07036
301 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540
2649 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13224
720 Fairmount Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701
700 Elmridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626
1600 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
1101 Shiloh Glenn Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560
4825 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
9570 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
1805 Getwell Rd, Memphis, TN 38111
1615 S Loop W, Houston, TX 77054
13331 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
22296 Market Place Dr, New Caney, TX 77357
12919 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216
741 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518
901 S Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057
1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA 98001
7050 Watts Rd, Madison, WI 53719
600 N Springdale Rd, Waukesha, WI 53186
1540 S 108th St, West Allis, WI 53214
6705 S 27th St, Franklin, WI 53132
13550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
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