Walmart to close 63 Sam's Clubs

Sam’s Club is suddenly closing some stores including Washington locations

Sam’s Club is suddenly closing some stores including Washington locations

Sam's Club has already been narrowing the products it's offering, boosting the number and quality of its Member's Mark private-label brand, and focusing on delivering to its core customer, who is different from the one Walmart serves through its discount store and Supercenters.

Walmart announced Thursday it will increase starting wages to $11 per hour, expand maternity leave and pay $1,000 bonuses for some employees.

An individual answering the phone for the Sam's Club in Great Falls said that store was not closing, and that store managers were currently meeting to address a flood of employee and customer inquiries regarding the recent closures.

According to the Village of Romeoville, the club will work with employees on relocation, and displaced employees can contact the Workforce Development Services of Will County at 815-727-4444.

The Sam's Club on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News will remain open, at least for the time being.

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

"We've made the difficult decision to close our Lumberton Sam's Club location", Phil Keene, who works out of the corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, said.

Hatfield said Walmart wanted to demonstrate gratitude to its associates, so the company decided to take some of its "tax savings and investing in our associates".

Sam's Club, a membership warehouse, is owned by retail giant Walmart.

According to Gallagher, the news that Walmart is raising its minimum wage is part of a much larger transformation under CEO Doug McMillon.

"I'd also like to highlight the announcement this morning from Walmart, we want to thank them", said Mnuchin.

Customers who use the Sam's Club pharmacies will be able to use the ones at the Oakley and Loveland locations until Jan. 26. The company is forecast to make $20.3 billion of pre-tax profit in 2018. The store closings represent about 10 percent of the 660 Sam's Club stores nationwide.

"There's a lot of traffic that passes by every day so that site's pretty desirable, and we think someone's going to step back in and fill that void". None of the listed stores were in Montana.

Throughout the day, local news outlets across the country - including from Houston, Syracuse, Baton Rouge and Dallas - reported that closures happened without notice.

"And this is really convenient for me to come here and now, it's closing?"

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