Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Sam's Club Locations in Dover, Salisbury Spared From Mass Closings

Sam's Club Locations in Dover, Salisbury Spared From Mass Closings

The announcement came within a week of another announcement by Walmart that it's raising its starting wage to $11 per hour. The company will convert up to 12 of the impacted clubs into e-commerce fulfillment centers in efforts to speed delivery of online orders. Delia Garcia, a Walmart spokeswoman, confirmed that all of those locations will have their last day of operations January 26.

Walmart and Sam's Club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Some point out Sam's Club is giving certain employees bonuses due to tax reform - and wonder if the company appears to be doing well, why they're downsizing.

Sam's Club will close one of its stores on San Antonio's North Side amid a wave of national closures for the retailer, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. Making Change at Walmart, a campaign backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, estimates that 150 to 160 people work at each Sam's Club store, meaning the closures could affect about 10,000 people.

At Sam's Club, digital sales are up 27 percent in the first half of the 2018 fiscal year.

BJ's Wholesale Club, another rival, encouraged Sam's Club customers to join its program, noting in a statement that there was "an immediate increase" in new memberships after the Sam's Club closings. "We need to make sure we have the right mix".

"Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio - we need a strong fleet of clubs that are fit for the future", he wrote to employees.

Earlier during the day, news broke of the closing of an unknown number of Sam's Club stores.

The company said 63 stores across the country will be closed or converted to distribution centers.

But the ones in Miami, Miramar, Sunrise, Coral Springs and West Palm Beach remain open for business. "I am interested in working for a bank and focusing on going to college full-time, and I want to be able to afford a college education", he said.

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