Sam's Club Announces Store Closures

Sam's Club confirms it's closing a number of stores permanently, including Lantana location

The company did not respond to CBS News' request for a comment, and did not elaborate on how many stores would be closed and when.

In a blog post on Walmart's website, Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO, said the $11 minimum starting hourly rate would be effective in February for all Walmart U.S., Sam's Club, supply chain, e-commerce and home office hourly workers.

Bill Southwell said he comes from Warren, Pa., to buy bulk candy at Sam's Club, with peppermint patties as a personal favorite.

Sam's Club's statement on Twitter said that,"After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've chose to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy".

Those figures were later revised in the Walmart press release.

On Twitter, Sam's Club said: "After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've chose to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy". The company will convert up to 12 of the impacted clubs to eCommerce fulfillment centers in a move that will speed delivery of online orders, with the balance of the facilities closing over the next few weeks.

The warehouse store's lone location in the city, at 3201 S. Louise Ave., was not one of dozens of stores abruptly closed by owner Walmart on Thursday. They will also be given the chance to tranfer to other Walmart or Sam's Club locations, and employees who do not will be given severance pay.

Sam's Club posted one such alert, referred to as a WARN notice, to the IN state government's website.

It's not known yet how many employees will be affected by the closures, but it's estimated to reach into the thousands. A message on the store's phone system also indicated the sudden closure, but did not give a reason. But he said the company would have issued them "where appropriate".

On Thursday morning, multiple local news outlets reported the abrupt shuttering of local stores including in Texas, Georgia, Washington, New York, Indiana, New Jersey, Alaska, Ohio, and Louisiana. Some reported that bewildered employees showed up to work to find out they no longer had a job.

The Loveland, Ohio store on Fields-Ertel Road and the Oakley, Ohio store on Marburg Avenue both permanently closed Thursday, Sam's Club spokesperson Anne Hatfield told Cincinnati-based WCPO.

Eventually, a manager vouched that he was an associate and he was allowed inside, Corona said.

"It's kind of shocking to me", Katheree Hughes, a Sam's shopper said. "What they're doing is absolutely wrong". KENS 5 in San Antonio reported that a store there will be open until January 26 and will be selling most of remaining stock for 25 percent off. But the San Angelo Sam's Club was spared.

The Sam's Club store on San Pedro Avenue will open again on Friday and almost everything will be 25 percent off.

The company has created a webpage with more information on what members whose stores are now closed can do.

In a previous report, Short said she expected that Walmart would use the cash gains from tax reform to invest in lower prices, which would force other food retailer to follow suit.

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