Stonecrest Sam’s closes without notice

Stonecrest Sams

Sam’s Club in Stonecrest closed unexpectedly without employees or customers being notified, according to Stonecrest officials and residents.

Stonecrest City Facebook page stated the Sam’s Club near the Mall of Stonecrest closed Jan. 11 and the closure came as a surprise to elected officials, Sam’s employees and the community.

“Mayor [Jason] Lary found out today around 10 a.m. after a caller informed him that security guards were turning the public away,” the post read. “Mayor Lary and Councilman Jimmy Clanton went to the Stonecrest Sam’s Club for answers. The mayor was met by several angry and disappointed Sam’s shoppers and media representatives.”

The post stated Sam’s Club management was not able to provide additional information about the closing, other than the store is permanently closed.

“Two employees were seen leaving the store with their personal items,” the post read. “They elected not to give their names but indicated that they were just as surprised. Sam’s Club contracted a private security company who stationed an officer outside the store to inform the public of its closure.”

According to BusinessInsider.com, Walmart is closing 63 Sam’s Club stores across the United States.

Business Insider also said employees at other locations were also not told their stores had closed before showing up to work. Those employees learned their store closed when they found the doors locked and a notice announcing the closing, according to reports.

The closings occurred on the same day Walmart announced plans to raise starting hourly wages to $11, expand employee benefits and offer workers bonuses of up to $1,000. Sam’s Club Twitter account tweeted, “After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.”

The Champion attempted to contact a Walmart representative for this story, but messages have not been returned.

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