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Sam's Club to close Fern Park store, other locations across country

Sam's Club to close Fern Park store, other locations across country

The warehouse retailer issued the statement in response to news that the Walmart-owned Sam's Club is shutting down stores.

The Lansing State Journal reported the Lansing store, at 340 E. Edgewood Boulevard will close on January 26.

But in a post from the companys twitter account says, "After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, weve chose to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy".

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". What's even worse is that they did it with out giving advance warning to most of its employees, many of whom reportedly showed up to work only to find the doors closed.

Mayor Derek Armstead announced employment assistance to 187 employees laid off today from Linden Sam's Club, 1900 E. Linden Avenue, Linden, NJ.

Other stores were slated to close in Alaska, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas, among other states. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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The Sam's Club near Jamestown in West Ellicott is on the company's list of stores scheduled to close this month.

The fax reported the store employs 168 people. The move could impact as many as 11,000 employees. Some demanded refunds for their Sam's Club memberships, which cost between $45 and $100 a year.

Throughout the day, local news outlets across the country - including from Houston, Syracuse, Baton Rouge and Dallas - reported that closures happened without notice.

"It says, 'This decision is based on an analysis of our business and is not a reflection on the associates or the management team at your Sam's Club, ' " he said.

"While pay raises are usually a good thing, this is nothing but another public relations stunt from Walmart to distract from the reality that they are laying off thousands of workers and the ones who remain will continue to receive low wages", said activist Randy Parraz, director of Making Change at Walmart, an affiliate for United Food and Commercial Workers Union. There is a nearby BJs, and it was also just announced that Costco is coming to the Owings Mills Mall location. "From what I heard, there's over 260 stores that have been closed down", she said. Walmart Stores, Inc., the warehouse chain's parent company, closed hundreds of locations in early 2016.


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