Walmart closing two Sam's Club locations in Virginia, laying off 300

A third Blind Tiger Cafe was getting ready to open near the Sam's Club in Tampa

A third Blind Tiger Cafe was getting ready to open near the Sam's Club in Tampa

Walmart's Director of Communications out of San Antonio says each of the three Walmart Supercenters in Wichita Falls probably employ around three hundred, and with other stores throughout the area as well, this is very big news for Texoma. The website Business Insider listed the Worcester location among those to close.

Some employees told our sister station KHOU 11 News in Houston that they only learned of the closure as they arrived for work early 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", according to a company statement on Twitter.

The statement added that closing clubs was not easy and the company is committed to working with its impacted members as well as associates through the transition.

Several Sam's Club locations have closed across the country, including one in Baton Rouge at the Cortanna Mall, according to WBRZ who spoke with a Sam's Club Corporate spokesperson.

Sam's Club will shutter 63 of its stores, with customers and some employees saying no warning was given by the company. The one-time bonus between $200 and $1,000 will be given to Walmart employees who won't receive a pay raise.

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Feldman reported some of these clubs are expected to be converted to distribution centers to support online shoppers.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.is increasing its starting hourly wage to $11 and giving one-time bonuses to employees. Sam's Club posted one such alert, referred to as a WARN notice, to the IN state government's website.

Walmart is now the world's largest company by revenue and the largest private employer in the world, with 2.3 million employees. The increase applies to all hourly associates in the US, including those working in Walmart stores, Sam's Clubs, e-commerce, logistics and home office.

"Club is closed today so we could inform our associates so we gave them the day off and closed the club".

Walmart will provide support and resources to affected associates including a bonus and 60 days of pay as well as severance for those eligible.

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