Sam's also tweeted options for customers who have annual memberships they can no longer use because their store closed. All hourly employees will be terminated effective March 16 and all management at the store will be terminated April 13, according to a letter sent to officials by Chris Axer, a Sam's Club market manager. A spokesman said the employees being laid off will receive that bonus.
Walmart did not immediately return Mic's request for comment on Thursday afternoon.
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"We've also had numerous inquiries from Sam's Club employees", BJ's said in a press release. She said a representative with economic development is speaking with the store manager.
The former Sam's Club on John E. Devine Drive in Manchester is planned to become a BJ's Wholesale Club early next year. "We can turn a negative into a positive". At least 29 were closed Thursday, it said, and others will stay open for a few weeks.
Members of the closing clubs will be able to change their memberships to another location or cancel their membership, according to the company's Twitter account.More news: 0 magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar
"We know this is hard news for our associates and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations", Sam's Club CEO John Furner said.
The chain is to close three stores in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 26, affecting a total of 419 workers, the Indianapolis Star reported. Also listed were Sam's Club locations in Orange and Manchester, Connecticut, and in Seabrook, New Hampshire.
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As of Thursday afternoon, the Sam's Club at 2925 Towne Centre Blvd.in Lansing Township remained open. Ten of the locations will be converted into e-commerce shipping and warehouse hubs, Business Insider reported.
Sam's Club, a subsidiary of Walmart, tweeted early this morning that after a thorough review of its existing portfolio, it made a decision to closed "a series" of clubs to better align its locations with its strategy.More news: Active Stocks in Review: Target Corp. (TGT), Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)