Sam's Club Closings 2018: 63 Stores Shutting Down

A customer pushes a shopping cart at a Wal Mart Stores Inc. location in Burbank California U.S. on Thursday Nov. 16 2017. Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving marks the traditional start to the U.S. holiday shopping season

On the same day parent company Walmart announced higher staring wages for new employees and bonuses for all workers, dozens of Sam's Club stores were closed without any notice.

In Texas, three Sam's stores in Houston and one in San Antonio are closing, said spokeswoman Anne Hatfield.

The company told Business Insider that some stores have already closed down without warning on Thursday. The only other Florida store on that list was in the town of Fern Park, near Altamonte Springs.

Thirty-nine stores called by CNNMoney had recorded messages saying the store was closed Thursday but would reopen Friday.

According to reports, in some cases, employees were not informed of the closures before showing up to work on Thursday.


The company tweeted that the company reviewed their portfolio and closing clubs, which is what they call stores, to "better align our locations with our strategy".

Walmart confirmed to Business Insider that 63 USA stores will be closed in total. However the Associated Press reports that 63 Sam's Clubs around the nation will be shut down.

Employees told Planet Princeton they were informed the store will be closing for good on January 20. "We know this is hard news for our associates and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations".

At least five Sam's Club stores in the Chicago area and more in IN and other states are abruptly closing. "Mayor Lary and Councilman Jimmy Clanton went to the Stonecrest Sam's Club for answers. Our focus today has been on those associates and their communities, and communicating with them". Ten of the locations will be converted into e-commerce shipping and warehouse hubs, Business Insider reported. Walmart will also close and convert another 10 to 12 into regional distribution centers.

Sam's Club at Cortana abruptly closed today, impacting 176 local workers.

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