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Walmart Abruptly Closes 63 Sam's Clubs, Lays Off Thousands of Workers

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Walmart became the most recent chain to shutter some of it's stores. Following a rash of store closings by Sears, Kmart, and Macy's, Walmart shut down 63 Sam's Club locations unexpectedly, causing thousands of workers to lose their jobs.

Sam's Club has confirmed the store closing to Business Insider, which estimates that each Sam's Club warehouse employs about 175 people— meaning somewhere around 11,000 people may now find themselves without a job, at least for the time being. KHOU in Houston is reporting that workers will be paid for the next 60 days if they were employed at any of the affected stores. These workers will also be eligible to apply to transfer to other Sam's Club or Walmart stores, according to parent company Walmart.

Some employees didn't even know that their store had been closed until they showed up for work only to find the doors locked, KHOU wrote. In some cases, employees were turned away by police officers.

Ten of the stores will be converted into e-commerce distribution centers and those employees can reapply for positions there, a Walmart representative confirmed to Business Insider. The remaining stores will be opened temporarily — presumably to sell off merchandise as KSEN is reporting — before being closed permanently.

Why are so many Sam's Clubs closing?

John Furner, the CEO of Sam's Club, sent out a company-wide email notifying employees of the store closures. "After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated," Furner wrote. "We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today. We'll convert some of them into eCommerce fulfillment centers — to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the SamsClub.com business."

Is your store affected?

If you've purchased a $45 Sam's Club membership at any of the affected stores, you will receive a full refund. Below is a full list of store closures compiled by Business Insider:

8801 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515

1074 N Muldoon Rd, Anchorage, AK 99504

48 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701

3900 Grants Mill Rd, Irondale, AL 35210

2425 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194

5757 E State Route 69, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

1375 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85286

15255 N Northsight Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

3360 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821

17835 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

12540 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680

12920 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342

69 Pavilions Dr, Manchester, CT 06042

2 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477

355 FL-436, Fern Park, FL 32730

7233 N Seacrest Blvd, Lantana, FL 33462

5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33611

2994 Turner Hill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038

501 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL 60510

21430 S Cicero Ave, Matteson, IL 60443

6600 44th Ave, Moline, IL 61265

808 S Illinois Rte 59, Naperville, IL 60540

900 S Barrington Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107

1055 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

460 S Weber Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446

3015 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268

10859 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46229

4024 Elkhart Rd #1, Goshen, IN 46526

9598 Cortana Pl, Baton Rouge, LA 70815

9750 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117

1 Tobias Boland Way, Worcester, MA 01607

340 E. Edgewood Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48911

32625 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

3745 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426

2800 27th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560

11 Batchelder Rd, Seabrook, NH 03874

81 International Dr S, Budd Lake, NJ 07828

1900 E Linden Ave, Linden, NJ 07036

301 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540

2649 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13224

720 Fairmount Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701

700 Elmridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626

1600 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

5085 Dawn Dr, Lumberton, NC 28360

1101 Shiloh Glenn Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560

4825 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209

9570 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140

1145 Carr 2, Bo Florida Afuera, Barceloneta, 00617, Puerto Rico

Carr 830, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, 00957

Carr 3 Km 82 Bo Junquitos, Humacao, 00741, Puerto Rico

615 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209

1805 Getwell Rd, Memphis, TN 38111

1615 S Loop W, Houston, TX 77054

13331 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077

22296 Market Place Dr, New Caney, TX 77357

12919 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216

741 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518

4571 S Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23231

901 S Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057

1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA 98001

7050 Watts Rd, Madison, WI 53719

1540 S 108th St, West Allis, WI 53214

13550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

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