"Closing clubs is never easy and were committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition".
The Union County Freeholder Board announced Thursday afternoon that its social service and re-employment agencies is "offering assistance to any Union County resident who was laid off by today's Sam's Club Store closings". One Georgia store in Lithonia is also on the list.
The notice says 176 workers are affected by the closure.
Sam's Club closings are happening this year as Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) said that the company is shuttering the doors of 63 of its locations.
"The Club will close to the public on January 26, 2018".
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Walmart has announced it is raising its starting hourly wage from $9 to $11 and Sam's Club is set to close a series of clubs across the United States. There are no guarantees that former employees at these stores will have positions at the revamped sites. They say both were closed Thursday in order to inform employees and will reopen on Friday.
Sam's Club at Cortana abruptly closed today, impacting 176 local workers. Among the closed stores is the Lantana location at 7233 N. Seacrest Blvd.
There are more than 650 Sam's Club locations across the U.S and Puerto Rico.
In a previous report, Short said she expected that Walmart would use the cash gains from tax reform to invest in lower prices, which would force other food retailer to follow suit.
Furner explained in the statement that Walmart will provide support for employees who are losing jobs.
"It's a great thing for employees up and down the ranks, but especially at store level", he said.