Sam's Club stores closing abruptly - including Morrisville location

Ivan Schwartz
January 12, 2018

The company operates 85 Sam's Clubs in Texas and its biggest competitor everywhere is Costco, which has historically generated average store sales that are twice the rate of a Sam's Club.

"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", Sam's Club posted to Twitter on Thursday, adding that closing stores "is never easy". "After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated".

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.

"It says, 'This decision is based on an analysis of our business and is not a reflection on the associates or the management team at your Sam's Club, ' " he said.

"I heard corporate was coming in today and this is the result".

Sam's Club's Twitter account was issuing statements to upset customers Thursday afternoon.

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Walmart is shuttering some of its Sam's Club locations, with some stores reportedly closing their doors across the U.S.as early as Thursday. Walmart is closing 63 locations throughout the country, leaving those workers without jobs. Others will remain open throughout the rest of the month.

A sign hangs on the side of a Sam's Club store January 12, 2010 in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. "Wow! This is a shock to me", customer Valeria Shropshire of Durham told ABC11. "Nobody told us anything and we have Sam memberships".

"I do understand that nationally the retail industry, the grocery industry, is now in flux", she said.

Mayor Del Rae Williams said the store seemed busy when she'd go there. On average, Sam's Clubs employ about 175 people. "I know they're going to get severance pay if they are being laid off", he said. "And there are lots of jobs around". With Thursday's closing, that strategy is now extending to Sam's Club.

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