Multiple other Sam's Club locations across the country have also announced plans to close; the last day for those stores is January 26. The store will permanently close January 26 and the last five days they are open everything will be 50 percent off!
Another local report said some stores may reopen temporarily to sell off inventory at a discount before they close again for good.
Some employees tell KENS 5 the stores closed without notice, and they only learned of the closure as they arrived for work early Thursday.
According to a press release, the retailer will close five of its 19 stores in IL as part of an effort to "better align locations with (the company's) strategy". "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through the transition".
The Sam's Club closings came without an announcement.
JAMESTOWN, NY- The Sam's Club in Jamestown is one of several Sam's Club stores closing across the county.
"This is just part of that overall look at what makes the most sense in terms of serving our club members, serving the members needs both in stores and online", Hatfield said.
Only four Sam's Club warehouse stores in Texas got the ax.
Sam's Club employees stand outside letting customers know it's closed for the remainder of Thursday. The Illinois stores that are affected include Batavia, Matteson, Moline, Naperville, Streamwood, Wheeling and Romeoville. Sadly, many employees were not given any warning of the store closings when a number of the stores closed suddenly on Thursday.
The company said it is giving employees a portion of the savings it will see under recently passed tax reforms.
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