Walmart closing several Sam’s Clubs in Florida, including Palm Beach County – here’s where:
Walmart is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores throughout 24 States and Puerto Rico. Some stores were suddenly shuttered on Thursday; the rest will be closed by January 26.
Thousands of employees have been laid off with most receiving short-term pay measures and the company’s promise to aid those wanting positions in other locations.
Three Florida Sam’s Clubs are shutting down. Here is a list of locations:
- 355 FL-436, Fern Park, FL 32730
- 7233 N Seacrest Blvd, Lantana, FL 33462
- 5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33611
The Lantana location is the only South Florida store listed on the chopping block. Additional closures span 24 states and Puerto Rico.
Sam’s Club currently employs an average of 175 workers in each store, which means that over 11,000 workers could be impacted by the cuts. The company said in a letter sent to employees that it would provide severance to those who are eligible.
Walmart extended the opportunity for laid-off employees to apply for jobs at 10 of the closing stores that they plan to turn into e-commerce distribution centers. The first store slated to become a distribution center is located in Memphis, Tennessee.
News of the big-box retailer’s closings was announced Thursday as it also announced it was raising pay and handing out one-time bonuses to Wal-Mart employees.
Walmart pledged to raise the minimum hourly wage from $9 to $11, a move that could cost up to $400 million a year. The company also divulged it would disperse one-time bonuses of up to $1,000, depending on the length of each employees’ service. That will cost it another $400 million.
The moves will increase wages for one million employees of Walmart, but leaves 11,000 without a job.
Walmart is one of the world’s largest retailers. Reportedly, more than 260 million customers visit the stores each week.