Great Falls Sam's Club open as stores close across nation

Great Falls Sam's Club open as stores close across nation

Great Falls Sam's Club open as stores close across nation

Retail giant Walmart is reportedly closing several Sam's Club stores across the U.S. without giving any explanation.

On Twitter, Sam's Club issued a statement saying, "After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've made a decision to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy".

Pharmacies will stay open for at least two weeks, and we will work with each state's Board of Pharmacy to help guide this transition.

According to our sister station in Cincinnati, WCPO, employees at area Sam's Club said they had no notice of the closure before receiving a letter in the mail.

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Dozens of Sam's Club locations across the country abruptly closed for good Thursday without any warning to staff or customers. The official Sam's Club Twitter account replied to some questions with a brief statement.

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Costco Wholesale (COST), a Sam's Club rival, advanced 2.1%. The move could impact as many as 11,000 employees.

"FedEx showed up at my door with a package from Sam's Club and I was thinking that maybe it was my W-2", Nic Townsend, an employee of a Sacramento Sam's Club, told the Business Insider.

Several other states where CNNMoney has confirmed stores will be closing did not have such notices posted as of Thursday afternoon.

Sander and two city officials who were notified of the decision Thursday confirmed that the store will close January 26. He said he and his coworkers were told by a representative from Sam's Club's corporate office that their store was closing. Sears Holdings (SHLD) will close more than 100 additional Sears and Kmart locations this spring, following another weak holiday season for the long-ailing retail operator. The company has not yet said why the Goshen store will be closing or how many stores in total will be closed.

The news about the layoffs, which Walmart apparently tried to downplay by announcing the bonuses, was met with severe criticism.

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