Sam's Club shut down multiple locations on Thursday, and some employees and customers say it did so without warning. "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition". Shoppers can buy huge quantities of merchandise, including products not found at Walmart, as well as fill up on gasoline.
Sam's Club stores in Alaska are set to close this month, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. Out of necessity or protest, many customers quickly jumped ship to competitors like Costco.
News of the closings came on the same day Walmart announced it would be boosting starting salaries for employees and giving bonuses after the passage of the new tax law in Washington D.C.
In a letter to staff, Sam's Club President and CEO John Furner said that some stores were hindering business at other locations or operating in areas that had not seen the population growth that was expected.
Walmart was accused of using its pay announcement as a shield to cover up the shutdowns.
Employees arriving for work Thursday at the Sam's Club warehouse store in Linden learned that the store was closed.
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All the employees who lose their jobs will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Sam's Clubs or Walmart facilities, according to a required WARN Notice notice sent to the state Department of Labor and the Orange first selectman's office.
Large employers also have been under pressure to boost benefits for workers because unemployment rates are at historic lows, allowing job seekers to be pickier.
After the closures are completed over the next few weeks, Sam's Club will operate a total of 597 locations nationwide.
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