Walmart is abruptly closing Sam’s Club stores and laying off thousands of workers

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ROLLING MEADOWS, IL – JANUARY 12: Shoppers leave a Sam’s Club store January 12, 2010 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the parent company of Sam’s Club, announced that it will cut approximately 10 percent of its 110,000 Sam’s Club workforce as it tries to revive the big box retailer’s sagging sales. (Photo by […]

Walmart is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the US, the company told Business Insider.

In some cases, employees were not informed of the closures prior to showing up to work on Thursday. Many learned that their store would be closing when they found the store’s doors locked and a notice announcing the closure.

Sam’s Club offered an explanation for the closures on Twitter, saying, “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. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.”

Ten of the affected stores will be turned into ecommerce distribution centers, and employees of those stores will have the opportunity to reapply for positions at those locations, a Walmart official said.

Locally, we checked stores in the KSN viewing area. All remained opened.

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