A statement on the official Sam's Club Twitter account reads, "After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've chose to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy".
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Mr. Furner said that Sam's Club wanted to inform its employees of the closures before notifying the public. "I am not going to second-guess and change my mind at this point". "That shows you where our members are shopping", Hatfield said. "We have a mix of clubs and online".
"Right now that's what the customer wants", she said. They are located in Fort Worth, Texas, and Swedesboro, New Jersey.
"We are looking to convert up to 12 of our Clubs into fulfillment centers". "We are early in the stages of assessing the opportunities".
"We asked associates to come to the store Thursday morning so we could have a conversation in person with them and answer any questions they had". At least two locations in Houston closed without notice to employees, news station KHOU reported. "There is no easy way to lay people off", she said.
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Walmart is reportedly cutting 3,500 co-manager positions and adding 1,700 lower-paid assistant store managers.
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