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Sam’s Club is suddenly closing some stores including Washington locations

Sam’s Club is suddenly closing some stores including Washington locations

Employees at the west side Sam's Club location on Rockville Road were in the same meetings as the two closing locations, but didn't know for sure if the store would permanently remain open. Three stores in IN are being closed, two in Indianapolis and one in Goshen, according to a Sam's Club employee. USA Today reported that while those stores will reopen in a new role, workers previously employed at those locations are not necessarily guaranteed one of the new positions. Some locations closed Thursday while the remainder will be shuttered over the next three to four weeks, a Walmart official said. Ten of the stores will be turned into ecommerce distribution centers.

"The closing location is owned by Sam's, and I am talking to them about potential economic development on that site", Manzi said. After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated.

The chain, which competes with Costco, has more than 650 locations employing more than 100,000 people, with an average of 175 employees per store, according to the company.

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Anne Hatfield: "It results in happier associates, more productive people and folks who want to better serve our customers, but it also helps them better provide for their families, not only with the wage increase, the cash bonuses, but also the parental leave benefits, child adoption credit".

"Hourly associates will continue receiving compensation for 60 days while they look for other opportunities in nearby clubs or Walmart stores", she said.

The closures and layoffs come on the same day Walmart - the parent company of Sam's Club - announced that it would increase wages for its US workers, including its Sam's Club, supply chain, e-commerce and Home Office hourly associates.

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An employee of the Goshen Sam's Club said employees are unable to offer comment.

Walmart is also increasing its paid leave policy for new fathers and non-birthing mothers to six weeks at full pay for full-time hourly workers.

The retailer said Thursday changes that to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the USA, with the wage increase effective next month. Workers with at least 20 years qualify for a $1,000 bonus. The starting pay for all hourly Walmart employees is now $9, or $10 for those who completed a training program.

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