Sam's Club to Shutter 63 Stores, Convert 12 to E-Commerce Facilities

Sam’s Club will shutter 63 of its stores with customers and some employees saying no warning was given by the company

"Walmart is the latest company to make such an announcement, directly [as a] result of the tax cuts". IL loses the most locations at six.

Walmart had earlier cited tax legislation that will save it money in announcing the higher hourly wages, one-time bonuses and expanded parental benefits that will affect more than a million hourly workers in the U.S. State officials have not been notified of any plans to close the Newington location of Sam's Club. The company will convert up to 12 of the impacted clubs into e-commerce fulfillment centers in efforts to speed delivery of online orders. That's going to bring 220 new employees to downtown.

Arkansas-based Walmart also reportedly raised the hourly minimum wage for its US workers to $11 and improved benefit offerings such as parental leave.

Sam's Club is closing stores.

"After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've made a decision to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy".

The spokesperson said they are now working with approximately 150 employees at the South Tampa location to find jobs for them in the Walmart family of stores.

Armstead said as many as 200 full-time and part-time employees were laid off from the closure in Linden alone.

Public filings also revealed locations in other parts of the USA that would be shutting their doors.

Fees to join Sam's Club run from $45-$100 a year.

With its announcement Thursday, Walmart did not mention the difficulty employers are having finding and retaining workers in the retail industry.

Nine stores said they were closed effective Thursday, and two more said they would close January 26.

According to Business Insider, each Sam's Club has about 175 people, meaning that over 11,000 people are without jobs.

The retail landscape has been upended by the rise of Amazon and the growing shift by consumers to shopping online.

Sam's Club operates three stores in Alaska - one in Fairbanks and two in Anchorage.

Customers packed into the Dover Sam's Club on Friday, relieved the membership wholesaler was still open after so many other locations had been closed. There are also plans to improve the club's fresh-food offerings, overall product selection and its private label, Member's Mark. What Walmart is doing is strengthening its e-commerce operation while it scales back a little bit in its physical stores.

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