Area Sam's Club closed as stores nationwide suddenly close

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Walmart abruptly closes Sam's Club stores across US

The City of Batavia has issued a statement on the closure and say that 150 employees will be affected by the closure. They only learned the news when they found their stores locked up with a notice announcing the decision, according to Business Insider.

Sam's Tampa location will reopen at 10 a.m. Friday before shutting down for good January 26.

One of those locations set to close is a Sam's Club on Tobias Boland Way in Worcester, Walmart said in an email to the WBJ.

The announcement to close stores and layoff employees came the same day parent company, Walmart, announced it was raising their minimum wage to $11 an hour, and giving all employees a one-time bonus of up to $1,000.

They added that it's never easy to close stores and they'll be working with those impacted.

If employees haven't transferred after the 60 days, they'll receive a severance, Wyatt-Moore said.

Ten of the affected stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centers, and employees of those stores will have the opportunity to reapply for positions at those locations, a Walmart official said.

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.

Before the change announced Thursday, it said, "full-time hourly workers were eligible for six to eight weeks of maternity leave at 50 percent pay, and Wal-Mart did not offer any parental leave for full-time hourly workers".

However, one employee at a Sam's Club store in Alaska said all branches in the state are closing as part of a larger downsizing across the US.

The wage change is in addition to increases already planned for many US markets in the coming fiscal year.

In addition to the minimum wage increase and bonuses, Walmart announced other benefit increases. Job postings at an Amazon warehouse in OH, for example, offer a starting pay of $14.50 an hour.

Because of the tax reform law, Walmart says it's also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said, "Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S".

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