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Walmart closing 63 Sam's Club locations: Amarillo stores to remain open

On the same day that Walmart announced it is raising its starting hourly wage from $9 to $11, the company started closing 63 Sam's Club locations across the United States.

“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 company tweeted.

Of the Sam's Club locations, about 50 will be going out of business for good. Roughly 10 of those locations are closing their doors as of Thursday, Jan. 11, while the remainder will be shuttered over the next three to four weeks.

About 10 to 12 of the stores are slated to be closed temporarily as the retailer converts them to regional distributional centers to help fulfill online purchases. Workers previously employed at those sites are not guaranteed one of the new positions.

In a note to staff, Sam's Club president and CEO John Furner said that a review found stores that were hindering business at other locations, or operating in areas that had not seen the population growth that was expected.

"We’ve decided to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy,'' he wrote. "We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today. We’ll convert some of them into eCommerce fulfillment centers - to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the business.''

High Plains Pundit contacted both of the Amarillo Sam's Clubs and management confirmed the locations are not on the closing list and would remain open.

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