Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Walmart abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores

Walmart abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores

During a press conference on Thursday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was asked if President Trump was going to take credit for both the layoffs at Sam's Club and the raises for Walmart workers.

The locations, along with 10 other stores across the country, will close on February 3. Locations in Norfolk and Richmond are expected to close by March 16, according to state labor officials, with more than 300 employees affected.

Sam's Club said through Twitter that the pharmacies located in the Sam's Club locations that are closing would remain open for a minimum of two weeks, while it works with transferring prescriptions and contacting clients.

Refunds will be issued in the form of a check or a gift card to Sam's Club or Walmart stores.

The Walmart official said it was too soon to know how many jobs would be eliminated with the Sam's Club closures. The store is in a successful retail area that has plenty of redevelopment potential, he said.

Walmart announced Thursday a slew of changes to its employee benefits package, including expanded parental and maternity leave, a new adoption benefit and one-time employee bonuses. "We think that's a positive".

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello confirmed the Jamestown location closing at the end of the month, saying it is the busiest part of town.

Walmart said Thursday that it is closing more than 60 of its Sam's Club stores across the US - including its Morrisville location.

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Walmart announced Thursday it will raise the minimum wage for USA workers to $11 (R136.29) an hour and pay bonuses, crediting the United States tax reform approved in December for making the changes possible.

"FedEx showed up at my door with a package from Sam's Club and I was thinking that maybe it was my W-2", Nic Townsend, an employee of a Sacramento Sam's Club, told the Business Insider.

"The Club will close to the public on January 26, 2018".

"[We've] had numerous inquiries from Sam's Club employees", BJ's said in a statement.

A search on the Sam's Club website for Lansing area locations only lists the Towne Centre Boulevard location.

Sam's Club, a subsidiary of Walmart, tweeted early this morning that after a thorough review of its existing portfolio, it made a decision to closed "a series" of clubs to better align its locations with its strategy.

There are five Walmart stores in the Lansing region: in Lansing Township, Delta Township, Okemos, St. Johns and Charlotte.

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