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Sam's Club closing stores in Syracuse, Rochester, more locations

Sam’s Club closing stores in Syracuse, Rochester, more locations

Update: Sam’s Club has confirmed it is closing in Syracuse.

Sam’s Club is closing several stores in Upstate New York and across the nation, according to reports.

Walmart, which owns Sam’s Club, has not announced a list of which stores will shutter, but multiple locations abruptly closed Thursday. A manager at a store in Henrietta, just outside Rochester, told WHAM-TV they were having “associate meetings.”

The Syracuse store, located at 2649 Erie Boulevard East, was closed Thursday morning; phone calls were answered with a message saying the store would re-open Friday. However, a Facebook photo posted by Mary Hall showed a sign outside the store saying it will permanently close on Jan. 26.

A syracuse.com reporter talked to a man outside Sam’s Club who said his wife worked there and was notified the store was closed for markdowns. The store would close for good on Jan. 26, he said.

CNY Central reports the city of Syracuse confirmed Sam’s Club would close Jan. 26, affecting 151 employees. A notice said all hourly employees would be terminated effective April 13; management positions will be terminated on May 11.

Facebook user Mary Hall posted this photo outside a Sam’s Club on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, announcing Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, that the location will close permanently on Jan. 26.Provided 

Customers needing prescription refills at Sam’s Club are encouraged to contact the pharmacies at nearby Walmart locations in East Syracuse, Cicero and Camillus.

No other details were given in connection with the closing.

WHAM reports Henrietta Town Supervisor Stephen Schultz confirmed that the Rochester area’s two Sam’s Club stores, in Henrietta and Greece, would also close permanently later this month.

“From a town standpoint, we’re disappointed but understand that the store has been losing money,” Schultz said.

WRFA reports a store in West Ellicott, near Chatauqua, will close on Jan. 26. The store reportedly employs about 115 people and offers services to residents and local businesses. 

The stores in Syracuse, Henrietta, Greece and West Ellicott are still listed on the Sam’s Club website, but the individual pages for each location now show “error” messages. Other Upstate New York locations, including in Vestal and Watertown, still have functional online pages and are listed as open.

Sam’s Clubs are also reportedly closing in New Jersey, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Ohio, and Louisiana. It’s unclear how many employees and locations are affected.

Spokesperson Anne Hatfield told WBRZ that employees were informed of the closures Thursday morning. The company says it will work with employees to transfer them to other Sam’s Club or Walmart stores.

“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,” Sam’s Club said in a statement.

One issue, she said, is that more customers are shopping online than in brick-and-mortar stores. “It’s supply and demand,” Hatfield explained.

The closings also come as Walmart announced earlier Thursday that the retail giant would raise its minimum wage to $11 an hour and hand out tax cut bonuses of up to $1,000, citing the new Republican tax law.

“Today, we are building on investments we’ve been making in associates, in their wages and skills development,” Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon said in a news release. “It’s our people who make the difference and we appreciate how they work hard to make every day easier for busy families.”

According to Business Insider, the list of Sam’s Club stores closing includes:

8801 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515
17835 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748
12540 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680
69 Pavilions Dr, Manchester, CT 06042
355 FL-436, Fern Park, FL 32730
5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33611
2994 Turner Hill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
501 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL 60510
21430 S Cicero Ave, Matteson, IL 60443
900 S Barrington Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107
1055 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
808 S Illinois Rte 59, Naperville, IL 60540
460 S Weber Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446
3015 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268
10859 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46229
4024 Elkhart Rd #1, Goshen, IN 46526
9598 Cortana Pl, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
9750 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
81 International Dr S, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
2649 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13224
720 Fairmount Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701
700 Elmridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626
1600 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
4825 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
9570 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
1805 Getwell Rd, Memphis, TN 38111
1615 S Loop W, Houston, TX 77054
13331 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
901 S Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057
1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA 98001
13550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
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