Some Sam's Club stores are shutting their doors

Some Sam's Club stores are shutting their doors

Walmart is abruptly closing Sam's Club locations across the US.

Within just a few minutes of shocked employees learning the news, word of the closings was quickly posted on Facebook, where customers expressed concern over membership fee refunds, especially for those who recently bought or renewed memberships. But numerous thousands of workers who will be affected were unaware when they showed up to locked stores on Thursday.

A facility in Memphis, Tenn. will be the first club to be converted into an e-commerce center.

The company will look at opportunities to transfer Sam's Club employees to Walmart locations in Alaska, Garcia said. There will also be some indication soon of the Amazon Go pilot status that uses a more complex form of mobile self-checkout than Walmart and Sam's Club.

The three shuttered New Jersey Sam's Clubs are in Mount Olive, Linden and West Windsor.

"After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've made a decision to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy", the chain said in a tweet Thursday.

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The move is created to speed up delivery of online orders by expanding the company's distribution network, putting more inventory closer to end customers.

Online retailers typically pay warehouse employees who pack and ship orders more than store jobs pay.

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It joins dozens of other companies including American Airlines, AT&T and Bank of America that have announced $1,000 worker payouts following the passage of the Republican tax plan that slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Several companies besides Walmart have announced wage hikes or one-time bonuses for workers, citing the tax cut as the incentive. The move will impact 419 employees. Some companies will invest capital, some companies will return money to workers.

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.

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