Sam's Club Locations in Dover, Salisbury Spared From Mass Closings

Sam's Club Locations in Dover, Salisbury Spared From Mass Closings

The Sam's Club location at 12919 San Pedro Ave.in San Antonio (not pictured) will permanently close January 26, Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said. "That and Walmart are all we have - we don't live in an area where there's a Costco or a Target on every corner". Shoppers can buy huge quantities of merchandise, including products not found at Walmart, as well as fill up on gasoline. "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition". Competition from Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club was cited as reasoning.

Delaware's only Sam's Club, located in Dover, is not on the chopping block, according to a company tweet.

The restructuring comes the day after Walmart announced it will raise its starting hourly wages to $11, expand parental leave benefits, and give cash bonuses to employees of up to $1,000.

Walmart and Sam's Club now operate more than 5,400 locations across the U.S. After the reduction, there will be 597 Sam's Club stores.

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.

Several other states where CNNMoney has confirmed stores will be closing did not have such notices posted as of Thursday afternoon.

The world's largest private employer said it was closing 63 Sam's Clubs over the next week, with some shut already.

That figure was corroborated by Making Change at Walmart, a union-backed campaign advocating on behalf of Walmart workers, which told the Associated Press that around 150 or 160 people worked at each Sam's Club store, meaning the closures would affect around 10,000 employees.

Not all employees at the affected stores will be out of a job.

Walmart is reportedly cutting 3,500 co-manager positions and adding 1,700 lower-paid assistant store managers. Up to 12 are being converted into distribution centers to handle online orders, the company said late Thursday.

"We made a deliberate decision to prioritize employees", Mr. Furner said.

"I liked my job but I think I am going to look for something else now".

Sam's Club says their customers will be refunded their 45 dollar annual membership fee. He and other members were shocked.

The Sam's Club he shopped at in North Carolina, the closest one in a 25-mile radius, is closing.

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