Sam's Club closing stores across the USA, including Morrisville location

17 January, 2018, 03:01 | Author: Sheri Evans
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Following the closures, the company will operate 597 Sam's Club stores.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission responded to the news of Sam's Club's closure its Cortana location in Baton Rouge implementing a program to help those who will be laid off.

"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 company responded via Twitter.

The west Nashville store on Old Hickory Boulevard was closed Thursday during normal business hours, with a note posted on the door and the following automated message playing for callers.

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A manager at the Winterville store, who identified himself only as "Mike" said the store was open Thursday, but he would not confirm its status beyond that, instead referring questions to Walmart corporate headquarters.

The changes also apply to Wal-Mart's Sam's Club, Home Office, e-commerce and logistics subsidiaries, and the new wages take effect in mid-February, the company said.

Amid the sweeping US tax overhaul, Walmart said Thursday it's raising its hourly wage to $11, giving new bonuses to employees and expanding maternity and parental leave. "We know this is hard news for our associates and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations".

Ten of the stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centers and workers will be allowed to reapply for those jobs, Business Insider reported. Those employees will get the $1,000 bonus announced Thursday and 60 days of pay, as well as severance to those eligible.

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The news of the sudden closures comes as the big-box retailer's parent company - Walmart - announced it would use savings from new tax legislation to raise starting wages for its employees.

Sam's Club officials confirmed that 63 stores were abruptly closed nationwide. Before, full-time hourly workers received 50 percent of their pay for leave.

On Jan. 1, the starting wage for large companies with more than 25 employees in California rose to $11 an hour from $10.50 as part of a state minimum-wage law approved in 2016. Walmart is also amping up its paid maternity leave to 10 weeks, and paid parental leave to six weeks. Last month, Costco reported that its online sales had leaped 43.5% in the most recent quarter. "Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S".

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