On Thursday, Walmart announced that it will closing several of their Sam’s Club warehouse locations. The decision means that they will lay off 10 percent of their 110,000 Sam’s Club workforce, or around 11,000 people. In total, 63 stores around the country will either be shuttered or transformed into distribution centers for e-commerce.
The 50 Sam’s Club locations which are going out of business for good either closed yesterday or will close permanently in the next month.
Some employees say that they were given no warning about the store closings and suddenly found themselves unemployed. If true, this would be in direct violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, a labor law which requires employers to give workers 60 days notice of plant closings and en-masse layoffs.
Sam’s Club shutdown? Employees at this S Loop store tell me they showed up to work and were told store is closed effective today. Sign on door says same thing. Hearing other stores also affected. Waiting on answers from parent company, Walmart #khou11 pic.twitter.com/RtbY7EhiIK
— Jason Miles (@JMilesKHOU) January 11, 2018
One silver lining to these massive lay-offs? BJ’s Wholesale Club is hiring.
The members-only warehouse chain released a statement in the wake of Walmart’s news, saying, “BJ’s Wholesale Club is hiring, and anyone interested in joining our team can go to bjs.com/careers or visit their local club.”
That is good news for all job-seekers, but especially those former Sam’s Club employees who were blindsided by the company’s decision to let them go. And it seems that BJ’s Wholesale Club is not hurting for the business, either. In the press release, BJ’s says they experienced “an immediate increase in Sam’s Club members joining BJ’s Wholesale Club.”
As for Walmart, it explained that the decision to shutter so many locations was the result of a thorough performance review, and was partly due to lower-than-expected population growth in certain cities.
“We’ve decided to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy,” Sam’s Club President and CEO John Furner said in a statement.
BJ’s has 200 locations in 16 states. To look at current job openings and apply, go here.