Sam's Club abruptly closes stores across the country

Elise Amendola | AP | BDN

A spokesperson from Walmart told CNBC that Walmart and Sam's Clubs, while they fall under the same parent company, are in two different parts of the business.

The company stated that it also would create a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses.

The Connecticut stores are slated to close to the public as of January 26, according to the letter.

The letter said the closing would be permanent and advised employees to transfer to another Sam's Club, Walmart or find employment elsewhere.

"It's a great thing for employees up and down the ranks, but especially at store level", he said.

Sam's Club locations across the country are abruptly closing for good without warning to staff and customers.

The closures come on the same day that Walmart announced it was raising its minimum wage to $11 per hour. Local media reported this week that many of those employees were not informed of the decision and only found out they had been terminated when they arrived at work and found the doors locked.

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The news of the closings came on the same day that Sam's Club's parent company, Wal-Mart, announced it was boosting its starting salary for all us workers, including those at Sam's Club, to $11 an hour and handing out one-time cash bonuses.

Sam's Club twitter account tweeted, "After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've chose to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy". The amount will range up to $1,000 for employees who have been with Walmart for at least 20 years. We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today.

Walmart said it will record a discrete charge of approximately 14c per share related to the actions.

The company also plans to pay $2,000 bonuses this spring to about 60,000 hourly and salaried US employees.

The company claimed the wage and benefit changes would benefit the company's more than one million U.S. hourly associates.

The company is also boosting its paid maternity leave policy for full-time hourly workers to 10 weeks at full pay.

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