Sam's Club

Walmart plans to close dozens of Sam's Clubs across the country. Neither of the company's Wyoming stores will be affected.

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Sam’s Club is closing dozens of its stores, but none of those businesses are located in Wyoming, Senior Director of Communications Delia Garcia said Thursday.

Walmart will close 63 of its 660 Sam’s Clubs over the next few weeks, with some shut already. It will be converting up to 12 of the closed clubs into e-commerce fulfillment centers to help speed up the online order delivery process.

The company operates two Sam’s Clubs in Wyoming — one in Casper and another in Cheyenne. Neither will be affected.

The changes were made after a recent performance review, according to the company.

Local news reports said Sam’s Clubs stores were closing in Texas, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana and Alaska, among other states.

“Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio and Walmart needs a strong fleet of Sam’s Clubs that are fit for the future,” Sam’s Club CEO John Furner said in a statement. “We know this is difficult news for our associates and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations.”

The world’s largest private employer did not disclose how many people would lose their jobs, but said some workers may be placed at other Walmart locations. A union-backed group estimated the closures could cost thousands of jobs.

The announcement came on the same day that Walmart said it is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses.

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Katie King joined the Star-Tribune in 2017 and primarily covers issues related to local government. She previously worked as a crime reporter in the British Virgin Islands. Originally from Virginia, Katie is a graduate of James Madison University.

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