Walmart abruptly shuts down 63 Sam's Club stores

Walmart Closing 63 Sam’s Clubs Turning 12 into Ecommerce Fulfillment Centers	
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The company notified the state Employment Security Department it will close stores in Seattle, Aurburn and Renton effective March 16, and will affect 495 jobs.

Furner said that the company would try "to place as many associates as possible in new roles at nearby locations".

Shoppers found the store at 12919 San Pedro Ave. on the north side suddenly shut down on Thursday.

The WARN Notice sent to the City of Syracuse indicating that the Sam's Club on Erie Boulevard East will be closing, eliminating 151 jobs.

Walmart has yet to release a list of affected stores, or the number of employees affected.

Online, the Sam's Club website has already removed the closed stores, with the link to the Norfolk location now displaying an error message.

Also Thursday, - the owner and operator of Sam's Club - announced it would raise minimum pay to $11 per hour and give employees one-time bonuses of $1,000.

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On Twitter, Sam's Club issued a statement saying, "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".

Customers took to social media with questions about why their local Sam's Club stores were shuttered.

A Walmart official says the company is closing 63 Sam's Club stores across the country, though, according to a employee at the store's Lima Road store, The Fort Wayne location will not be impacted. The store will reopen on Friday but will officially shut down on January 26, according to a sign on the door.

Walmart said it will record a discrete charge of approximately 14c per share related to the actions. Employees who have worked for at least 20 years will get the full $1,000.

Walmart also announced today that it would be raising hourly wages for employees to $11.

The company also plans to pay $2,000 bonuses this spring to about 60,000 hourly and salaried USA employees.

The expanded parental leave policy would provide full-time hourly workers with 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave.

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