Sam's Clubs Closing, including 3 in Southern California


The announcement comes hours after Walmart, which owns Sam's Club, said it would raise the starting salary for USA workers to $11 an hour, expanding parental and maternity leave benefits and handing out $1,000 cash bonuses to employees who have worked at least 20 years at the company.

The Loveland, Ohio store on Fields-Ertel Road and the Oakley, Ohio store on Marburg Avenue both permanently closed Thursday, Sam's Club spokesperson Anne Hatfield told Cincinnati-based WCPO.

According to social media, Sam's Clubs are also closing in Cincinnati and Memphis and several other cities.

Company officials say they're also accessing other potential additional investments for employees that could come after the new tax laws.

The statement said that following a full review of its portfolio, the company chose to close several clubs to better align our stores with our ongoing strategy. "It's our people who make the difference and we appreciate how they work hard to make every day easier for busy families".

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USA Today reported that while those stores will reopen in a new role, workers previously employed at those locations are not necessarily guaranteed one of the new positions.

Sam's Club, a membership warehouse, is owned by retail giant Walmart.

At one Sam's Club in San Antonio, employees told KENS the store will close for good on January 26. "We know this is hard news for our associates and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations".

The retailer announced Thursday it would increase the wage and give certain workers a one-time cash bonus of $1,000, which will benefit more than 1 million employees. As of October, there were 660 Sam's Club locations in the U.S. Walmart had closed just five Sam's Clubs since 2013 before this week, according to the company's earnings reports.

Walmart CEO and President Doug McMillon credited the Trump administration's major tax reform in December for the new employee benefits.