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Walmart plans to close 63 Sam's Club stores

A Sam's Club in Bentonville Ark. is shown Thursday A Sam's Club in Bentonville Ark. is shown Thursday
Laurie Berry | 12 January, 2018, 15:05

Sam's Club tweeted that after a thorough review of its existing portfolio, the company has made a decision to close a number of stores to "better align out locations with our strategy". Online retailers typically pay warehouse employees who pack and ship orders more than store jobs pay.

"We've made a decision to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy". Two Sam's Club stores in the Rochester area are also closing, as well as one in Syracuse. Some employees said they were not informed of the closures up until the moment they showed up to work today.

Sam's responded to a critical Tweet on Twitter saying it hadn't told employees of closings first.

Sam's Club says their customers will be refunded their 45 dollar annual membership fee. Local news outlets across the country reported the closures happened without notice.

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Sam's Club is shutting down 63 stores, and some employees and customers say it did so without warning. The company operates 85 Sam's Clubs in Texas and its biggest competitor everywhere is Costco, which has historically generated average store sales that are twice the rate of a Sam's Club.

"I'm hoping that it will be the same kind of situation for Sam's", she said. "From what I heard, there's over 260 stores that have been closed down", she said.

The news comes on the same day that parent company Walmart announced that they would raise the minimum salary at their locations to $11 an hour, and that some employees would receive bonuses as part of the Trump administration's tax cut plan, which passed Congress late previous year.

"They raised minimum wage", Sanders told reporters at a press briefing. "We think that's a positive". The same day, parent company Walmart announced raises and bonuses for their workers. Some companies will invest capital, some companies will return money to workers.

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