Bristol, Virginia Sam's Club not affected by abrupt closings

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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 USA workers, including those at Sam's Club, to $11 an hour and handing out one-time cash bonuses.

Reports indicate that customers and employees arrived at some locations to find doors at the massive retailer to be locked. There are reports of stores across the country, including in OH and Texas, shutting their doors today.

However, the retail giant claimed it would accommodate the laid off employees at its newly opened warehouses and other stores.

Online, the Sam's Club website has already removed the closed stores, with the link to the Norfolk location now displaying an error message. Walmart owns the Sam's Club chain.

Walmart will also close and convert another 10 to 12 into regional distribution centers.

Several other states where CNNMoney has confirmed stores will be closing did not have such notices posted as of Thursday afternoon. We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today.

The company operates two Sam's Clubs in Wyoming - one in Casper and another in Cheyenne.

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In a post on Facebook, the Stonecrest City Facebook page said the Sam's Club near the Mall of Stonecrest closed January 11 and the closure came to a surprise to elected officials, Sam's employees and the community.

The moves comes the same day Walmart announced it was raising its minimum wage to $11 an hour in February and give out one-time bonuses of up to $1,000, all due to the recently approved federal tax overhaul.

Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, said it would record a 14-cent-per-share charge to its earnings as a result of the changes.

Phillip Keene, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart, the parent company of Sam's Club, says over 500 employees are affected by the closures in NY state.

Previously, Walmart provided fully paid family leave to salaried workers, while hourly workers received half pay during family leave.

The company sent her a direct message via Twitter that was a link to cancel her membership, and offered her three months extended membership or full refund in the form of an e-gift card that will take seven days to deliver, or a check that will take six weeks for delivery. All hourly employees at this facility will be terminated effective April 13, 2018.

"We are early in the stages of assessing the opportunities tax reform creates for us to invest in our customers and associates and to further strengthen our business, all of which should benefit our shareholders", Walmart's president and CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement early Thursday morning.

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