Sam's Club stores closing abruptly - including Morrisville location

Customers shop at a Walmart store in January 2017 in Skokie Illinois

According to a report by Business Insider Walmart - which owns Sam's Club - is closing 63 Sam's Club stores across the country.

A company official confirmed about 50 clubs will be closing, while approximately 10 others will be converted to e-commerce centers, the result of a review of its portfolio. It's not immediately clear how many employees are affected by the decisions.

"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", the company said.

"Two days ago I just renewed my membership I paid 45 dollars, so I was like aww", said Antonio Bustillos. When you search for the Morrisville location on samsclub.com, it's no longer listed.

Employees in some cases were informed of the closings while arriving to work Thursday, KHOU-TV in Houston and KENS-TV in San Antonio reported. "We will reopen the club tomorrow", Anne Hatfield, director of communications for Walmart's public affairs, said in a statement to KENS.


SkyTeam 11 video showed cars in the parking lot of the store on Reisterstown Road Thursday afternoon, but the store was closed.

Sander and two city officials who were notified of the decision Thursday confirmed that the store will close January 26.

"I don't want to deal with Sam's Club", he said.

The chain, which competes with Costco (COST), has more than 650 locations employing more than 100,000 people, with an average of 175 employees per store, according to the company. "They are increasing salaries to over a million American workers". The law, which passed before the New Year, offers companies a drastic tax cut by bringing the corporate rate down to 21% from 35%.

The closures come on the same day that Walmart announced it was raising its minimum wage to $11 per hour.

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