Some Sam’s Club stores are shutting their doors
Sam’s Club shut down multiple locations on Thursday, and some employees and customers say it did so without warning.
Walmart, which owns Sam’s Club, did not respond to numerous requests for comment.
Workers and customers learned about the store closures on the same day Walmart drew praise from the White House for raising pay and giving out worker bonuses because of the new lower corporate tax rate.
Customers took to social media with questions about why their local Sam’s Club stores were shuttered. Some demanded refunds for their Sam’s Club memberships, which cost between $45 and $100. The official Sam’s Club Twitter account replied to some questions with a brief statement.
“After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy,” Sam’s Club wrote in one reply. “Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.”
Employers must give workers 60 days notice before closing a plant or issuing mass layoffs, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Sam’s Club posted one such alert, referred to as a WARN notice, to the Indiana state government’s website. That notice says three locations in the state were slated to be closed on January 26. The move will impact 419 employees.
Several other states where CNNMoney has confirmed stores will be closing did not have such notices posted as of Thursday afternoon.
It’s not clear how many stores have closed. Business Insider reports that 63 stores are closing across the country.
Local news outlets across the country — including from Houston, Syracuse, Baton Rouge and Dallas — reported the closures happened without notice. Some reported that bewildered employees showed up to work to find out they no longer had a job.