Multiple media outlets across the nation reported Sam’s Club locations closed without warning to the public on Thursday.
Included in the closures is the Sam’s Club in St. Louis Park and the one in Moorhead, according to reports.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports a spokeswoman for Walmart confirmed the Sam’s Club in St. Louis Park, 3745 Louisiana Ave. S., and in Moorhead (2800 27th Ave. S.) will close its doors Jan. 26. They say both were closed Thursday in order to inform employees and will reopen on Friday.
Sam’s Club shutdown? Employees at this S Loop store tell me they showed up to work and were told store is closed effective today. Sign on door says same thing. Hearing other stores also affected. Waiting on answers from parent company, Walmart #khou11 pic.twitter.com/RtbY7EhiIK
– Jason Miles (@JMilesKHOU) January 11, 2018
Had a student who lost her job when she went in to work this morning. Demand answers and job placement! Multiple Sam’s Clubs close without notice in Houston, across nation https://t.co/uvnIpKn8NR via @KHOU
– Jay (@jaythejogger) January 11, 2018
Closures have been reported by local media in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and elsewhere.
The store responded to consumers and employees on Twitter with a statement saying “after a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy.”
After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.
– Sam’s Club (@SamsClub) January 11, 2018
Some locations have already been removed from the store website. Existing stores can be found at https://www.samsclub.com/locator.
The news comes the same day that Walmart, the owner and operator of Sam’s Club, announced that it would raise minimum pay for its employees to $11.
TEGNA has reached out to Walmart and Sam’s Club for comment.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.