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Just hours earlier, about 150 employees learned that their store was one of the 63 selected to close. Can't say one way or the other.

"Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio - we need a strong fleet of clubs that are fit for the future", the CEO said in a company-wide email, Business Insider reported.

Shoppers found the store at 12919 San Pedro Ave. on the north side suddenly shut down on Thursday.

There are 163 people who work at the eastern Henrico Sam's Club location, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

"This closure has placed their ability to continue to operate in jeopardy", she said.

The closings occurred on the same day Walmart announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $11, expand employee benefits and offer workers bonuses of up to $1,000.

"Can I live without (Sam's Club)?".

"It's too bad. It's a shame".

The Sam's Club on 45th Street in West Palm Beach was open today.

Stores across the country reportedly shuttered without warning as part of the closures. "Closing clubs is never easy and were committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition".

The company also said via Twitter that pharmacies at Sam's Club locations will remain open for "at least two weeks" while the company works to transfer subscriptions and contact customers. The action was taken after a thorough performance review.

Tucson News Now has confirmed the Tucson location has been spared. "Our focus today has been on those associates and their communities, and communicating with them".

According to a spokesperson with the company, up to a dozen of the impacted clubs will be turned into eCommerce fulfillment centers to speed up delivery. They will also be given the chance to tranfer to other Walmart or Sam's Club locations, and employees who do not will be given severance pay.


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