Walmart to close Sam's Club in Worcester, after announcing raises, bonuses

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The Sam's Club is set to close on January 26.

Some workers arrived at their stores on Thursday to find the doors locked and a notice announcing the closure, according to Business Insider. The move could impact as many as 11,000 employees.

Earlier in the day Wal-Mart said it would raise entry-level wages for US hourly employees to $11 an hour in February as it benefits from last month's major overhaul of the USA tax code.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead went to the store location to meet with the regional and district managers after he received a letter about the closing early Thursday. IL loses the most locations at six.

"We've chose to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy", Furner wrote.

Walmart to close Sam's Club in Worcester, after announcing raises, bonuses
Walmart to close Sam's Club in Worcester, after announcing raises, bonuses

The Sam's Club closures were confirmed the same day Walmart announced it is raising its starting hourly wage from $9 to $11 and the company said it would give out bonuses of up to $1,000.

In a news release, Romeoville Village Manager Steve Gulden said "This came as a surprise to us as Sam's has demonstrated a strong sales increase each year since opening".

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

A Walmart official said 10 of the affected stores would be turned into e-commerce distribution centers.

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