Employees showing up for work at the Linden Sam's Club, the membership warehouse owned by retail giant Walmart, learned that the store is one of 63 across the nation that are unexpectedly shutting down or converting to regional distribution centers to help fill online orders.
Sam's Club is closing dozens of its stores, but none of those businesses are located in Wyoming, Senior Director of Communications Delia Garcia said Thursday. "I am not going to second-guess and change my mind at this point".
"It's how we have to serve our customers", Hatfield said. But right now, she has just three. "We have a mix of clubs and online".
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Walmart now has two ECommerce hubs in the US - in Fort Worth, Texas, and Swedesboro, N.J. - supporting all of its online sales, according to Hatfield. "We've made a decision to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy". "We have figured out one in Memphis, Tenn., but it's too early to know about the others", she said.
Several Sam's Club stores abruptly closed Thursday, according to news reports. Walmart hopes to find positions for displaced workers at other Sam's Club locations. Local news outlets across the country - including from Houston, Syracuse, Baton Rouge and Dallas - reported the closures happened without notice.
News of the closures comes on the heels of Walmart's Thursday announcement that it would raise the minimum wage of employees from $9 per hour to $11 per hour beginning February 1 in anticipation of benefits from the GOP tax bill.
Further, employees who have worked with the company for an extended period of time will receive bonuses, with those who have worked there for over 20 years receiving a one-time $1,000 bonus. The company also expanded its parental and maternity leave policy, providing full-time hourly employees with 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave, and added financial assistance of up to $5,000 per child for any employee adopting a child.