Sam’s Club, the membership-only warehouse chain, today announced plans to close dozens of locations across the country.
A total of 63 stores will close. Twelve will be converted into e-commerce centers.
Delaware’s only Sam’s Club, located in Dover, is not on the chopping block, according to a company tweet.
you can go to https://t.co/7EJ7euyhoL to see open clubs near you. If a club is on that list, it will not be closing. Thank you.
— Sam’s Club (@SamsClub) January 11, 2018
The company, owned and operated by Walmart, said it made the decision after reviewing its current portfolio of stores.
“Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio and Walmart needs a strong fleet of Sam’s Clubs that are fit for the future,” said John Furner, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. “We know this is difficult news for our associates and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations. Our focus today has been on those associates and their communities, and communicating with them.”
The announcement came within a week of another announcement by Walmart that it’s raising its starting wage to $11 per hour.