Sam's Club to Shutter 63 Stores, Convert 12 to E-Commerce Facilities

Sam’s Club will shutter 63 of its stores with customers and some employees saying no warning was given by the company

Sam’s Club will shutter 63 of its stores with customers and some employees saying no warning was given by the company

Walmart employees previously started at $9 an hour, with a bump up to $10 after completing a training program.

The membership club said this week that it is shutting down most of the 63 stores and converting up to 12 stores to e-commerce facilities.

It's not clear how many employees work at the San Pedro location but Sam's Club stores typically have about 150 employees, Hatfield said.

Sam's Club CEO John Furner explained the reasoning behind the decision in a letter to employees that was made public.

The Sam's Club location at 12919 San Pedro Ave. will permanently close January 26, said Anne Hatfield, a spokeswoman for parent company Walmart.

Sixty-three Sam's Club's locations are closing, including ones in Stanton and Sylmar.

The statement said that following a full review of its portfolio, the company chose to close several clubs to better align our stores with our ongoing strategy.

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. Some customer demanded to be refunded for their memberships to the club, which cost from $45 to $100 per year.

Customers and workers learned of the store closings the same day Walmart received praise from the Trump administration for increasing pay and giving worker bonuses due to the new cut in the corporate tax rate. "We need to make sure we have the right mix".

Walmart also plans to slash about 3,500 store co-manager positions.

"Retail is changing rapidly and we are transforming to meet the needs of our customers", the company said.

"We know this is hard news for our associates, and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations", said Sam's Club President and CEO John Furner.

The store will reopen Friday before permanently closing in two weeks.

The company said 63 stores across the country will be closed or converted to distribution centers. "I am interested in working for a bank and focusing on going to college full-time, and I want to be able to afford a college education", he said.

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