Walmart abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores


Sixty-three Sam's Club's locations are closing, including ones in Stanton and Sylmar.

Some workers arrived at their stores on Thursday to find the doors locked and a notice announcing the closure, according to Business Insider.

Walmart says that after the closings it will have 597 clubs.

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"We've made a decision to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy", Furner wrote.

Walmart will close 63 of its 660 Sam's Clubs over the next few weeks, with some shut already. "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition".

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The restructuring comes the day after Walmart announced it will raise its starting hourly wages to $11.

Customers waited in long lines at the Sam's Club in Jamestown on Friday.

Ten of the affected stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centers, and employees of those stores will have the opportunity to reapply for positions at those locations, a Walmart official said.

There are two Sam's Club stores in Montana - one in Billings and the other in Great Falls.

Walmart also closed a Neighborhood Market store on the city's North East side last month.