Sam's Club confirmed Wednesday that it abruptly closed 63 stores across the country on Thursday.
"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", the company said.
When one user asked about picking up a prescription from a closing store, Sam's Club said: "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". Some reported that bewildered employees showed up to work to find out they no longer had a job.
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The Sam's Club stores in Cheektowaga and Niagara Falls will remain open. Still, she said city staff "did kind of wonder" when Sam's Club didn't renew its tobacco license this month.
According to the statement, as many as 200 full-time and part-time employees were laid off from the closure in Linden alone.
Sam's Club says their customers will be refunded their 45 dollar annual membership fee.
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"It is with great saddest that we are losing one of our box clubs in the area as well as the displacement of so many employees", said Mayor Armstead.
BJ's operates 180 stores in in 15 states.
The store in Jamestown was closed today and the announcement was made to employees on Thursday. The Fern Park location is also scheduled to close.
The wholesale clubs' official closure date is January 26, Buckner 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.
The closures come on the same day that Walmart announced it was raising its minimum wage to $11 per hour.