Further, in the wake of the announced Sam's Club closings, BJ's said it "has received numerous inquiries from Sam's Club employees", and directed those interested in applying for jobs to visit its website or a nearby club.
Several stores were closed today and some workers were not even told ahead of time and found out that their store would be shuttered when they showed up for work to find the store's doors locked and a notice announcing the closure, according to reports.
On Twitter, Sam's Club issued a statement saying, "After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've made a decision to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy".
The Sam's Club location at 12919 San Pedro Ave.in San Antonio (not pictured) will permanently close January 26, Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said.
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In a letter to staff, Sam's Club President and CEO John Furner said that some stores were hindering business at other locations or operating in areas that had not seen the population growth that was expected.
Some of the Sam's Club locations, a division of the Arkansas-based retailer, will be converted to eCommerce fulfillment centers to speed up online orders. "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition". In some places, employees reported arriving at stores to discover them closed and their jobs eliminated without warning.
"We've also had numerous inquiries from Sam's Club employees", BJ's said in a press release.
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