Moline location closed amid nationwide shut down of Sam's Club stores

12 January, 2018, 15:05 | Author: Terri Saunders
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Roughly 10 of the affected locations shut down as soon as Thursday, while the remainder will be shuttered over the next three to four weeks, according to an official with Walmart, Sam's Club's parent company.

Sam's Club, replying to a message from a Twitter user criticizing the chain, says it made a decision to close a series of clubs to "better align our locations with our strategy". In Winston-Salem, the Sam's Clubs on Hanes Mall Boulevard and Summit Square Boulevard were open Thursday afternoon, workers at the stores said.

"As a courtesy to the customers, that we are long term and business personally, Sam's Club could have done a better job there", said Juan Diaz.

Closures were reported in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Arizona, Alaska, and elsewhere. Stay with tampabay.com for updates. Sam's Club is so far asking those reaching out to contact the company via private message on Twitter to resolve individual cases. The move could impact as many as 11,000 employees.

Sam's Club says their customers will be refunded their 45 dollar annual membership fee.

Alex Corona - who has worked in the tire department at a Sam's Club in Wheeling, Illinois for six years - told CNNMoney he walked into work Thursday to find the door guarded by two security guards with a sign saying the store was closed.

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"We offer our sympathies to our residents who were laid off by this abrupt and unexpected closing", said Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and county Freeholder Christopher Hudak, a resident of Linden, in a joint statement. Local news outlets across the country reported the closures happened without notice.

At the Owings Mills location, 169 employees are out of a job.

Corona said he will still be working at the store until it closes on January 26, a requirement to receive his severance.

The news comes on the same day that parent company Walmart announced that they would raise the minimum salary at their locations to $11 an hour, and that some employees would receive bonuses as part of the Trump administration's tax cut plan, which passed Congress late past year.

The closures come on the same day that Walmart announced it was raising its minimum wage to $11 per hour.

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