Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Bentonville, AK, United States (4E) – Walmart “robbed Peter to pay Paul” by loudly announcing an increase to $11 a day in the minimum wage for its employees while brutally and abruptly closing down 63 Sam’s Club stores and firing over 11,000 stunned workers in one day. Three of the closures are in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico.
Walmart owns Sam’s, which currently operates 597 stores throughout the United States. The number of stores Walmart closed yesterday amounted to 11 percent of all Sam’s Club stores.
Sam’s Club is a chain of membership-only retail warehouse clubs. It serves 47 million U.S. (including Puerto Rico) members and is the eighth largest U.S. retailer.
In many cases, Sam’s Club employees weren’t told their stores had closed before showing up to work on Thursday. Those employees learned their store were gone when they found the store’s doors locked and a notice announcing the closing. Employees were turned away by police officers at some stores.
Employees of the closed stores were only notified of the closings in a company-wide email belatedly sent Thursday by Sam’s Club CEO John Furner. Others were informed of the closings via notices sent through FedEx on Thursday.
Sam’s Club said 10 of the affected stores will be transformed into e-commerce distribution centers. Employees at those stores can reapply for positions at those locations, said Walmart.
“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,” said Furner.
“We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today. We’ll convert some of them into eCommerce fulfillment centres — to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the SamsClub.com business.”
Walmart said Sam’s Club membership fees, which come to $S45 annually, will be refunded to customers affected by the closings.
Ironically, the mass store shut-down came on the same day Walmart announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $S11, expand employee benefits and offer workers bonuses of up to $S1,000.
Here’s a list of the 63 closed stores:
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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