Walmart To Close 63 Sam's Club Stores Nationwide
It was an ordinary day for many Sam's Club employees when they got up to go to work today but thousands of them were hit with their stores doors closed for good without warning.
Could you imagine going to work and without notice you find a notice on the door that says this Sam's Club location is closed? Today is defiantly a sad day for thousands of workers and customers alike.
The chain, which competes with Costco, has more than 650 locations employing more than 100,000 people, with an average of 175 employees per store, according to the company.
While dozens of stores were shut down today dozens more are set to close by January 26th making 63 total clubs gone without any notice until now.
Sam's Club says most of these stores will stay shut down indefinitely while 10-12 of them will be converted to warehouses to help with online sales inventory.
However the stores that are converting will not guarantee a job to the employees that originally worked there. This is very disappointing to so many and especially for a chain so well known.
These Sam's Club closures were announced the day after Walmart said it would lift the hourly minimum wage in the U.S. to $11 and give out bonuses of up to $1,000.
This was supposed to include Sam's Club and we're sure that these employees affected were excited about an upcoming pay raise just to get let down the next day.
But to help compensate these associates will continue getting paid for 60 days, a spokesperson said, and if they haven’t transferred to another Sam’s Club or Walmart, which owns Sam’s, by then they will receive severance.
Thankfully they are going to help these employees for at least a couple of months but finding a new job could still prove rough.
Sam's Club would also like to thank all of their loyal customers and are offering a 3 month free extension on your membership. Or if your store closed and you have no need for the membership any longer you can ask for a full refund via gift card or check. All three can be applied for by Clicking Here.
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