Sam’s Club, owned by Walmart, is abruptly closing 63 stores across the United States, laying off thousands of the workers at these locations.

In a statement on Twitter, the organization said, “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.”

The sudden closures come the same day as Walmart announcing that they are raising their starting wages to $11/hr and expanding employee benefits. Some of the stores closed today, with many employees not given notice of the closures beforehand. (source) 3:00 p.m. January 11, 2018

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