UPDATE: The Sam’s Club Stores in Texarkana, TX, Bossier and Shreveport are not being closed.
ORIGINAL: Walmart is shuttering some of its Sam’s Club locations, with some stores reportedly closing their doors across the U.S. as early as Thursday. The exact number of stores closing hasn’t been confirmed by the company.
The news comes as the big-box retailer just announced it would be using savings from new tax legislation to raise employee’s starting wages and offer bonuses to staff.
A company spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Local media outlets in Texas, New York, New Jersey and Arizona were some of those confirming stores being closed on Thursday. In some cases, employees weren’t notified in advance, the publications said.
Sam’s Club’s Twitter account was issuing statements to upset customers Thursday afternoon.
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 (@SamsClub) January 11, 2018