Sam's Club abruptly and permanently closes 53 stores


Sam's Club, replying to a message from a Twitter user criticizing the chain, says it chose to close a series of clubs to "better align our locations with our strategy". With Thursday's closing, that strategy is now extending to Sam's Club.

When one user asked about picking up a prescription from a closing store, Sam's Club said: "Pharmacies will stay open for at least two weeks, and we will work with each state's Board of Pharmacy to help guide this transition".

The Sam's Club near Jamestown in West Ellicott is on the company's list of stores scheduled to close this month.

On Twitter Sam's Club replied to several questions regarding the shut down of stores around the country.

BJ's operates 180 stores in in 15 states.

In the press release, Walmart said it will offer "support and resources to those associates who are affected, including the bonus announced today and 60 days of pay, as well as severance to those eligible".

According to our sister station in Cincinnati, WCPO, employees at area Sam's Club said they had no notice of the closure before receiving a letter in the mail.

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"We are not closing", the unidentified Sam's Club employee stated.

At the Owings Mills location, 169 employees are out of a job.

Sander and two city officials who were notified of the decision Thursday confirmed that the store will close January 26. He learned the store would be closed to customers for the day on Thursday, not because of the winter storm outside but to discuss the decision with employees.

"I'm hoping that it will be the same kind of situation for Sam's", she said. Walmart Stores, Inc., the warehouse chain's parent company, closed hundreds of locations in early 2016.

Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin also thanked Walmart for raising wages and pointed to the move as evidence that the new Republican tax law is good for American workers.

A company spokesperson didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.