Sam’s Club is suddenly closing some stores, including Washington locations
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- Dozens of Sam's Club stores abruptly closed Thursday
- 3 stores in Western Washington are apparently slated to close later this month
- The announcement came the same day that Sam's Club's parent company Walmart announced it was raising minimum wage, giving bonuses
SEATTLE — Sam’s Club is closing some stores across the United States, including three locations in Western Washington.
Walmart is closing 63 Sam’s Club locations nationwide, according to Business Insider.
Several employees reached out to Q13 News on Thursday saying that Western Washington locations were closed today to notify employees. Some clubs were expected to reopen on Friday and then close permanently in about two weeks.
Customers took to social media with questions about why their local Sam’s Club stores were shuttered. Some demanded refunds for their Sam’s Club memberships, which cost between $45 and $100.
Sam’s Club was responding to customers on Twitter saying, “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 has not yet officially confirmed the closures. As of Thursday morning, the Sam’s Club store locator showed zero locations within 100 miles of both Seattle and Portland.
The announcement came the same day that Sam’s Club’s parent company Walmart announced it would raise minimum wage for employees and hand out tax cut bonuses because of the new Republican tax law.
Later — when asked about Walmart’s double-barreled decision to raise wages but close Sam’s Club stores — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders praised the company.
“They raised minimum wage,” Sanders told reporters at a press briefing. “They are increasing salaries to over a million American workers. We think that’s a positive.”
In a speech, Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin also thanked Walmart for hiking wages and pointed to the move as evidence that the new Republican tax law is good for American workers. The law, which passed before the New Year, offers companies a drastic tax cut by bringing the corporate rate down to 21% from 35%.
Several companies besides Walmart have announced wage hikes or one-time bonuses for workers, citing the tax cut as the incentive.
When asked about the workers who will lose their jobs as a result of the Sam's Club closures, however, Mnuchin responded: "Different companies will do different things. Some companies will invest capital, some companies will return money to workers. Lots of things are going on in the economy, and we appreciate what Walmart is doing.
Here is the full list of store closures as reported by Business Insider. The list was compiled using employee reports of club closings.
901 S Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057
1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, WA 98001
13550 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
8801 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515
1074 N Muldoon Rd, Anchorage, AK 99504
48 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701
3900 Grants Mill Rd, Irondale, AL 35210
2425 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194
5757 E State Route 69, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
1375 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85286
15255 N Northsight Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
3360 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
17835 Gale Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748
12540 Beach Blvd, Stanton, CA 90680
12920 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342
69 Pavilions Dr, Manchester, CT 06042
2 Boston Post Rd, Orange, CT 06477
355 FL-436, Fern Park, FL 32730
7233 N Seacrest Blvd, Lantana, FL 33462
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
6600 44th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
808 S Illinois Rte 59, Naperville, IL 60540
900 S Barrington Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107
1055 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
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
1 Tobias Boland Way, Worcester, MA 01607
340 E. Edgewood Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48911
32625 Northwestern Hwy, Farmington Hills, MI 48334
3745 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426
2800 27th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560
11 Batchelder Rd, Seabrook, NH 03874
81 International Dr S, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
1900 E Linden Ave, Linden, NJ 07036
301 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540
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
5085 Dawn Dr, Lumberton, NC 28360
1101 Shiloh Glenn Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560
4825 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
9570 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140
1145 Carr 2, Bo Florida Afuera, Barceloneta, 00617, Puerto Rico
Carr 830, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, 00957
Carr 3 Km 82 Bo Junquitos, Humacao, 00741, Puerto Rico
615 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209
1805 Getwell Rd, Memphis, TN 38111
1615 S Loop W, Houston, TX 77054
13331 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
22296 Market Place Dr, New Caney, TX 77357
12919 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216
741 E Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA 23518
4571 S Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23231
7050 Watts Rd, Madison, WI 53719
1540 S 108th St, West Allis, WI 53214
CNN contributed to this story.