Wal-Mart Mysteriously Shutters Sam's Club Stores

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The fax reported the store employs 168 people.

Sam's Club, the warehouse division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is closing several clubs and transforming others to e-commerce warehouse facilities.

Sam's Club is owned and operated by Walmart. Walmart attributed the pay increase to the recent tax reform bill.

Those figures were later revised in the Walmart press release.

Dozens of Sam's Club locations across the country abruptly closed for good Thursday without any warning to staff or customers.

Sam's Club, replying to a message from a Twitter user criticizing the chain, says it chose to close a series of clubs to "better align our locations with our strategy". "After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated". In some locations, per social media, people showed up to work only to be told that their location was closing, with almost no advance notice.

Sam's Club posted one such alert, referred to as a WARN notice, to the IN state government's website. The move will impact 419 employees.

BJ's operates 180 stores in in 15 states. But he said the company would have issued them "where appropriate".

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A search of the Sams Club web page shows the South Dale Mabry store no longer appears in a list of Tampa-area locations, as do locations on North Dale Mabry, Wesley Chapel, Brandon, Clearwater and New Port Richey.

The store in Jamestown was closed today and the announcement was made to employees on Thursday.

Eventually, a manager vouched that he was an associate and he was allowed inside, Corona said.

"I'm hoping that it will be the same kind of situation for Sam's", she said. "What they're doing is absolutely wrong". Fox 13 in Memphis said its local store has permanently shut its doors, and that employees only learned of that Thursday.

Sam's Club, which has 100,000 associates, operates more than 650 membership warehouse clubs in the United States, according to its website. There is a nearby BJs, and it was also just announced that Costco is coming to the Owings Mills Mall location.

Nine stores said they were closed effective Thursday, and two more said they would close January 26.

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

A company spokesperson didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Lots of things are going on in the economy, and we appreciate what Walmart is doing.

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