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Walmart Closing 63 Sam's Clubs, Turning 12 into Ecommerce Fulfillment Centers

13 January 2018, 11:52 | Hattie Nash

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"After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated", Sam's Club President and CEO John Furner wrote in a letter to employees.

That figure was corroborated by Making Change at Walmart, a union-backed campaign advocating on behalf of Walmart workers, which told the Associated Press that around 150 or 160 people worked at each Sam's Club store, meaning the closures would affect around 10,000 employees.

Sam's Club will close one of its stores on San Antonio's North Side amid a wave of national closures for the retailer, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

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Sam's Club's closing "is a great loss for customers in the community, the small businesses that depended on it, and the 191 employees who are going to be displaced", Stewart said.

If you have a membership and want a refund, there are three ways to do so: Online, through the member services call center 888-746-7726 or at a nearby club.

Sam's Club membership costs $45 per year. "However, all separated employees have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Sam's Clubs or Walmart facilities".

It was a rush on Sam's Club in Moline the day after its closure was announced.

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A total of four stores in Texas are expected to close.

MCEVERS: As we just heard, these closings came as a surprise to the people, you know, who work in these stores. The store wasn't underperforming, Hatfield said, but the company made a decision to close the location as part of a review regarding the "right mix of clubs" and emphasis on e-commerce under CEO John Furner. "We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today". Walmart stores operate separate fulfillment centers.

United Kingdom workspace interiors manufacturer and distributor Dynamic Office Solutions expects to end the year on a high note after a significant investment in its warehouse facilities and e-commerce. Physical retail will always matter, and it's a big part of what gives Walmart an edge over Amazon.

The company also plans on handing out one-time bonuses worth up to $1,000 for some employees.

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In its statement, Walmart said it is offering resources and support to associates affected, including the bonus that it announced and 60 days' pay, along with severance for those eligible.



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