Walmart to shutter some of its Sam’s Club locations


Walmart is shuttering some of its Sam’s Club locations, with some stores reportedly closing their doors across the U.S. as early as Thursday. The exact number of stores closing hasn’t been confirmed by the company.

Business Insider first reported on a slew of stores locking their doors Thursday morning, leaving disgruntled employees and confused customers.

The news comes as the big-box retailer just announced it would be using savings from new tax legislation to raise employee’s starting wages and offer bonuses to staff.

A company spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Local media outlets in Texas, New York, New Jersey and Arizona were some of those confirming stores being closed on Thursday. In some cases, employees weren’t notified in advance, the publications said.

Sam’s Club’s Twitter account was issuing statements to upset customers Thursday afternoon.

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.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.