Sam's Clubs in Wyoming will remain open amid national closures

Sam's Club closes 63 stores, but South Florida members won't notice a difference

Earlier in the day, Walmart had cited the sweeping Republican tax overhaul that will save it money in announcing the higher hourly wages, one-time bonuses and expanded parental benefits that will affect more than a million hourly workers in the U.S.

The membership club said this week that it is shutting down most of the 63 stores and converting up to 12 stores to e-commerce facilities. At home, she got a call from her manager and had a letter in the mail saying the store had closed and she could seek employment at another Sam's Club or Walmart store.

BJ's, which has 215 clubs in 16 states, also said that it has "had numerous inquiries from Sam's Club employees" about obtaining jobs.

Sam's Club employees in Texas arrived at work Thursday morning to find out they had lost their jobs as various store locations were closed effective immediately.

The Sam's Club in Sylmar, one of three locations in Southern California that will permanently close their doors, is offering 25 percent on most products from Friday through at least Sunday. Sam's Club members can request a membership refund at any time.


In addition, the company's legal name will become Walmart Inc. effective February 1 to reflect its growing status as an omni-channel retailer.

"Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio and Walmart needs a strong fleet of Sam's Clubs that are fit for the future", said John Furner, president and CEO of Sam's Club.

Other changes within stores include scan-and-go technology at Sam's Club that now is being tested at 100 Walmarts, and online order pickup towers at Walmart stores.

Costco tells NewsChannel 9 it won't accept Sam's Club memberships. The store wasn't underperforming, Hatfield said, but the company made a decision to close the location as part of a review regarding the "right mix of clubs" and emphasis on e-commerce under CEO John Furner.

"Right now that's what the customer wants", she said.

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