Today was supposed to be a good day for Sam's Club and their parent company Walmart. It was to be the day they announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $11, expand employee benefits, and offer workers bonuses of up to $1,000, and while they did announce that, another decision from today is what they will be remembered for.
This morning, employees and customers at a number of Sam's Club locations throughout the country pulled up to the store only to find out it was close permanently. Some employees found out via Fed Ex this morning, others through a company wide email also sent this morning, and others didn't find out until they arrived at work and were turned away by local police.
In all, Walmart will be closing 63 Sam's Clubs across the nation. Over 11,000 employees are affected by these closures, although it is unknown how many will actually be laid-off. Ten of the affected stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centers, and employees of those stores will have the opportunity to reapply for positions at those locations, a Walmart official said.
Sam's Club membership fees - which cost $45 annually - will be refunded to customers affected by the closings, a Walmart official said.
Here's a list of closings rounded up from local media reports: