News of the closures comes on the heels of Walmart's Thursday announcement that it would raise the minimum wage of employees from $9 per hour to $11 per hour beginning February 1 in anticipation of benefits from the GOP tax bill.
The move is created to speed up delivery of online orders by expanding the company's distribution network, putting more inventory closer to end customers. That location is adjacent to a Walmart Supercenter store. "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition", the company wrote.
The company will look at opportunities to transfer Sam's Club employees to Walmart locations in Alaska, Garcia said.
Dozens of Sam's Club locations are closing, but none on the list are in the Tri-State.
Sam's Club employees in Texas arrived at work Thursday morning to find out they had lost their jobs as various store locations were closed effective immediately.
Workers will be paid for 60 more days starting Thursday, she said, and those who don't transfer to a Walmart store at the end of that time frame will receive severance.
"Retail is changing rapidly and we are transforming to meet the needs of our customers", the company said.
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Sam's Club is offering refunds on memberships.
In addition, the company's legal name will become Walmart Inc. effective February 1 to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer.
During an October meeting, Sam's Club CEO John Furner said the retailer needed to improve its competitive position.
The letter from Steve Orloski, Sam's Club market manager, was sent to Armstead and James Manning, of the New Jersey Department and Workforce Development.
"It just shows you the growth in the Sam's e-commerce business", Hatfield said.
The remaining stores will stay open for several weeks before closing permanently, according to Business Insider.
"Right now that's what the customer wants", she said.