Sam's Club closings affect 176 workers in Baton Rouge

Alfred Osborne
January 13, 2018

Both locations, at 4900 N. 27th St. and 8480 Andermatt Drive, were open Thursday and not affected by the company's move. Places like New Jersey, New York, Texas, Indiana, Georgia, and OH round out the list of states that have seen closures. Hearing other stores also affected.

"We've made a decision to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy, " Sam's Club president and CEO John Furner 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".

Online, the Sam's Club website has already removed the closed stores, with the link to the Norfolk location now displaying an error message.

Jessica Buckner, an audit team lead at the Sam's Club location in the Tikahtnu Commons, said all Alaska stores are closing as part of a larger downsizing across the United States.

Walmart will close 63 of its 660 Sam's Clubs over the next few weeks, with some shut already. "It was a letter saying they are closing down".

KHOU-TV in Houston reports, three stores will be closing effective immediately in the Houston area, and one in the San Antonio area, according to KENS-TV.

"They have a lot of powder and a lot of money to invest", he said.

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The Lithonia store is one of 63 closing around the country.

A number of people are sending tweets to Sam's Club to ask questions about this issue.

The company will also expand hourly leave, "providing full-time hourly associates in the US with 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave", it says.

Some members are asking for refunds for their membership.

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The company hasn't said much about the reasons or given much explanation.

In 2017, Walmart chose to reduce new store development and thereby slow growth in its physical store space in favour of remodelling existing stores and increasing the spend on e-commerce.

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