Walmart is abruptly closing Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers, and no one knows why

Business Insider | Jan 11, 2018, 11.14PM IST

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Sam's Club is closing stores.

  • Walmart is abruptly closing Sam's Club locations across the US. Some stores were closed on Thursday. Others will close at a later date.
  • Employees were not informed of the closures ahead of the time, according to reports.
  • The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the closures.

Walmart is suddenly closing several Sam's Club stores across the US without explanation.

Closures were reported by local media in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Arizona, Alaska, and elsewhere.

In some cases, employees were not informed of the closures prior to showing up to work on Thursday.

Instead, they learned that their store would be closing when they found the store's doors locked and a notice announcing the closure, according to reports.

Walmart and Sam's Club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jessica Buckner, an employee of a Sam's Club store in Alaska, told KTVA that all Sam's Club stores in the state are closing as part of a larger downsizing across the US.

"From what I heard, there's over 260 stores that have been closed down," Buckner told the station.

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