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Walmart Announces Higher Starting Wage But Closes 63 Sam’s Club Locations Nationwide Without Warning

Walmart announced Thursday it will increase starting wages to $11 per hour, expand maternity leave and pay $1,000 bonuses for some employees. But hours after that announcement, the company also announced the closing of 63 Sam’s Club stores, making it a somewhat contradictory day for the retail giant.

Fortune’s senior editor at large, Leigh Gallagher, joined “CBS This Morning” to discuss the overall impact of the two announcements and whether it’s likely that Walmart could absorb the Sam’s Club employees.

Sam’s Club CEO John Furner sent out a company-wide email on Thursday announcing their plans in light of recent developments. Other employees were notified via FedEx which were delivered to their homes.

“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," Furner explained in the email. “We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today. We’ll convert some of them into eCommerce fulfillment centers — to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the SamsClub.com business."

While Sam’s Club has plans to take care of their customers by refunding the $45 membership fees, the impact of the closures on poorer communities and low-income workers could be devastating. Business Insider reported that three of the locations that will close their doors are in Puerto Rico.

“The Barceloneta, Puerto Rico store closed without notice — over 950 people without jobs," Eliezer Cabrera told Business Insider. “This is the last thing Puerto Rico needed after Hurricane Maria devastated the island."

 

List of stores closing around the country, with state, city and address:

Alabama

Irondale: 3900 Grants Mill Road, 35210

Alaska

Anchorage, 8801 Old Seward Hwy., 99515

Anchorage, 1074 N Muldoon Road, 99504

Fairbanks, 48 College Road, 99701

Arizona

Casa Grande, 2425 E Florence Blvd., 85194

Chandler, 1375 S Arizona Ave., 85286

Prescott Valley, 5757 E State Route 69, 86314

Scottsdale, 15255 N Northsight Blvd., 85260

California

City of Industry, 17835 Gale Ave, 91748

Stanton, 12540 Beach Blvd., 90680

Sacramento, 3360 El Camino Ave., 95821

San Fernando, 12920 Foothill Blvd., 91340

Connecticut

Manchester, 69 Pavilions Drive, 06042

Orange, 2 Boston Post Road, 06477

Florida

Fern Park, 355 FL-436, 32730

Lantana, 7233 N Seacrest Blvd., 33462

Tampa, 5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy., 33611

Georgia

Lithonia, 2994 Turner Hill Road, 30038

Illinois

Batavia, 501 N Randall Road, 60510

Matteson, 21430 S Cicero Ave., 60443

Moline, 6600 44th Ave., 61265

Naperville, 808 S Illinois Rte 59, 60540

Romeoville, 460 S Weber Road, 60446

Streamwood, 900 S Barrington Road, 60107

Wheeling, 1055 McHenry Road, 60090

Indiana

Indianapolis, 3015 W 86th St., 46268

Indianapolis, 10859 E Washington St., 46229

Goshen, 4024 Elkhart Rd #1, 46526

Louisiana

Baton Rouge, 9598 Cortana Place, 70815

Maryland

Owings Mills, 9750 Reisterstown Road, 21117

Massachusetts

Worcester, 1 Tobias Boland Way, 01607

Michigan

Farmington Hills, 32625 Northwestern Hwy., 48334

Lansing, 340 E Edgewood Blvd., 48911

Minnesota

Moorhead, 2800 27th Ave S., 56560

St. Louis Park, 3745 Louisiana Ave S., 55426

New Hampshire

Seabrook, 11 Batchelder Road, 03874

New Jersey

Budd Lake, 81 International Dr S., 07828

Linden, 1900 E Linden Ave., 07036

Princeton, 301 Nassau Park Blvd., 08540

New York

Jamestown, 720 Fairmount Ave, NY 14701

Rochester, 700 Elmridge Center Drive, 14626

Rochester, 1600 Marketplace Drive, 14623

Syracuse, 2649 Erie Blvd. E., 13224

North Carolina

Lumberton, 5085 Dawn Drive, 28360

Morrisville, 1101 Shiloh Glenn Drive, 27560

Ohio

Cincinnati, 4825 Marburg Ave., 45209

Loveland, 9570 Fields Ertel Road, 45140

Tennessee

Memphis, 1805 Getwell Road, 38111

Nashville, 615 Old Hickory Blvd., 37209

Texas

Houston, 1615 S Loop W., 77054

Houston, 13331 Westheimer Road, 77077

New Caney, 22296 Market Place Drive, 77357

San Antonio, 12919 San Pedro Ave., 78216

Virginia

Norfolk, 741 E Little Creek Road, 23518

Richmond, 4571 S Laburnum Ave., 23231

Washington

Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, 98001

Renton, 901 S Grady Way, 98057

Seattle, 13550 Aurora Ave. N., 98133

Wisconsin

Madison, 7050 Watts Road, 53719

West Allis, 1540 S 108th St., 53214

Puerto Rico

Barceloneta, 1145 Carr 2, Bo Florida Afuera

Bayamon, Carr 830

Humacao, Carr 3 Km 82 Bo Junquitos

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