Walmart has announced its intention to close 63 Sam’s Club stores across the country, affecting thousands of employees and customers.

The move comes as a shock, and was incredibly abrupt.  Many employees did not find out the news until they showed up for work, and were denied entry into the store, some by police officers.  It’s all part of an effort to drive business to more popular locations, and shut down stores that did not experience a level of growth as expected.  Some locations will be converted to fulfillment centers to better satisfy the growing demands of the brand’s online marketplace.

Each store employs about 175 people, and of the 63 closing, 10 to 12 will reportedly be converted into fulfillment centers.  Employees at those locations will be given to reapply for positions at the new centers.

Four stores in Texas will be shutting down operations, but thankfully, none in North Texas.  They include:

1615 S Loop W, Houston, TX 77054

13331 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077

22296 Market Place Dr, New Caney, TX 77357

12919 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio TX 78216

Employees impacted by the closings will be paid over the next 60 days, and will be eligible for transfers to other locations.

Via People/USA Today

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