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SVG Version: 6.00 Build 0) --> People Food.svg__path-1--people-food{stroke-width:1.75;stroke-miterlimit:10;} Walmart Suddenly Closes 63 Sam's Club Locations Across the United States Subscribe Recipes Food News Celebrities Chefs The Fix Subscribe Subscribe Down Subscribe Print Magazine Give a Gift Buy Current Issue Customer Service Home News Watch PeopleTV Photos Holidays 2017 Style Down News Holiday Style Beauty Shopping Celebrity Down News Photos Celeb Relationships Food Down Recipes Food News Celebrity Food Chefs The Fix Bodies Down News Celebrity Bodies Body Positivity Fitness & Health Babies Down Births Expecting Celeb Blogs Galleries Exclusives Home & Travel Down Stars at Home Real Estate Décor Celebrity Vacations Pets Down Dogs Cats Adoption Funny Videos Celeb Pets People Perks Country Down Blake Shelton Carrie Underwood Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Crime Down News Courts & Trials Cold Cases Exclusives Human Interest Down News Tragedy & Triumph Love Stories Heroes Daily Smile TV Down Kim Kardashian DWTS Housewives Bachelor Nation Movies Down News Movie Awards Celebrities Music Down Beyoncé Knowles Kanye West Lady Gaga Taylor Swift Politics Down Election Controversy White House Celebrity & Politics Humor Royals Down News Royal Wedding The Crown Royal Baby Style Chica Down Beauty Fashion Celebs Real Stories Sports Crosswords Premium TIME Health Stay Connected Food Walmart Suddenly Closes 63 Sam's Club Locations Across the United States Maria Pasquini January 11, 2018 05:32 PM Walmart has announced that it’s abruptly closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the United States, which will affect thousands of employees and customers. On Thursday, the company confirmed to Business Insider that they were closing numerous locations of the popular membership wholesale clubWhile some of the stores were already closed as of Thursday, some would remain open for several weeks. According to the outlet, employees were notified of the decision on Thursday in an email from Sam’s Club CEO John Furner. “Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio — we need a strong fleet of clubs that are fit for the future,” Furner wrote“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.” “We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today,” he added, noting that some of the locations would be converted into “eCommerce fulfillment centers — to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the SamsClub.com business.” RELATED: Diet Coke Launches 4 New Flavors and a Totally Different Look “We know these decisions impact people we care about deeply — our associates and their families, as well as our members and their neighbors — and we did not make them lightly,” he continued“We will work to place as many associates as possible in new roles at nearby locations, and we’ll provide them with support, resources, and severance pay to those eligible.” Sam’s Club also responded to the news on social media adding that “closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.” Walmart did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategyClosing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition. — Sam's Club (@SamsClub) January 11, 2018 According to KHOU, several Sam’s Club employees in Houston, Texas did not learn of the news until they showed up for work on ThursdayBusiness Insider reported that some employees were turned away by police officers. While most of the Sam’s Club locations would remain permanently closed, according to CNBC, there are currently 10 to 12 stores being considered as possible locations for e-commerce facilities. Employees from stores that are reopened as e-commerce facilities will be given the opportunity to re-apply for positions, Business Insider reported, according to a Walmart officialThe outlet also noted that while Sam’s Club officials have not commented on how many employees will be losing their jobs, each Sam’s Club warehouse employs about 175 people, which means more than 11,000 could be impacted by the mass closing. The reported closures affect stores in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico. RELATED VIDEO: Food Hack: Make Bacon Fat Popcorn Want the ultimate dish on the latest celebrity food news, plus exclusive recipes, videos and more? Click here to subscribe to the People Food newsletter. Employees impacted by the closures will be paid by the company for the next 60 days and will also be eligible to apply for transfers to other Sam’s Club or Walmart locations, according to KHOU. This announcement was made public the same day Walmart announced it would be increasing starting hourly wages to $11, expanding employee benefits and issuing bonuses of up to $1,000. You May Like Read More Get your People daily dose Subscribe to the daily newsletter for the latest celebrity news. Sign up Now EDIT POST Don't Miss a Moment Get 4 FREE Issues of PEOPLE Magazine GET IT NOW Get your People daily dose Subscribe to the daily newsletter for the latest celebrity news. Sign up Now SVG Version: 6.00 Build 0) --> Subscribe All products featured were editorially selectedPEOPLE.com may receive a percentage of sales for items purchased from these links

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