Jamestown Sam's Club closing as company realign's locations

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Jamestown Sam's Club closing as company realign's locations

Newly laid off Sam's Club employees have turned to BJ's Wholesale, Inc. for work after Wal-Mart (WMT), the retailer's parent, announced it was closing more than 60 locations across the country on Thursday.

The Loveland, Ohio store on Fields-Ertel Road and the Oakley, Ohio store on Marburg Avenue both permanently closed Thursday, Sam's Club spokesperson Anne Hatfield told Cincinnati-based WCPO. Each Sam's Club warehouse employs about 175 people, meaning more than 11,000 people could be affected, according to the online news site Business Insider. The only other Florida store on that list was in the town of Fern Park, near Altamonte Springs. The company cited tax legislation that will help it save money, but the moves also reflect the tight labor market in which employers are competing for workers.

"We've chose to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy, " he wrote.

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Several Sam's Club stores throughout the nation reportedly closed Thursday without notice to the public.

However, one employee at a Sam's Club store in Alaska said all branches in the state are closing as part of a larger downsizing across the US.

Some stores will be converted into regional distribution centers, but employees who worked there are not necessarily guaranteed jobs at the distribution center.

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Sam's Club President and CEO John Furner issued a statement saying some locations were in areas that did not experience the population growth that was expected.

"We will be closing some clubs, and we notified them today".

Sam's Club membership fees - which cost $45 annually - will be refunded to customers affected by the closings, according to the BI report.

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