Each Sam's Club warehouse employs about 175 people and the move could leave as many as 11,000 employees out of a job.
The City of Batavia has issued a statement on the closure and say that 150 employees will be affected by the closure.
"We've chose to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy, " he wrote.
Several 10News TV and newspaper partners report on store closings - effective immediately - in places like metro Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis and others.More news: Hyundai breathes new life into quirky Veloster coupe
During an October meeting with investors, Furner said the retailer needed to improve its "competitive position" as same-store sales growth started to slow into the first half of fiscal 2018.
The Sam's Club warehouse store on South Memorial Drive in Winterville was open Thursday, but a store manager left unanswered the question of its future as dozens of the stores across the country will be closed by parent company Walmart, according to Associated Press reports. "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through the transition". The one-time bonus between $200 and $1,000 will be given to Walmart employees who won't receive a pay raise. The announcement came on the same day that Walmart boosted starting pay to $11 an hour and offered one-time bonuses to some of its employees.
Some stores will be converted into regional distribution centers, but employees who worked there are not necessarily guaranteed jobs at the distribution center. Walmart is also amping up its paid maternity leave to 10 weeks, and paid parental leave to six weeks.
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The minimum wage for U.S. employees will increase to $11 an hour.
The company also said via Twitter that pharmacies at Sam's Club locations will remain open for "at least two weeks" while the company works to transfer subscriptions and contact customers. Bloomberg also called the move a nod to the US government for cutting the corporate tax rate.
"We are early in the stages of assessing the opportunities tax reform creates for us to invest in our customers and associates and to further strengthen our business, all of which should benefit our shareholders", Walmart chief executive Doug McMillon said.More news: Blake Griffin Could Be Key To Celtics Getting Into The Finals
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