Sam's Club to close "a series" of locations across the country

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Sam's Club said Thursday (Jan. 11) it's closing several stores to "better align our locations with our strategy", according to the store's official Twitter account.

Moorhead isn't alone. Business Insider reported Thursday morning that Walmart told the news outlet that it would close 63 Sam's Club locations in America, with some shuttered Thursday and others scheduled to shut down at a later date.

In Texas, three Sam's stores in Houston and one in San Antonio are closing, said spokeswoman Anne Hatfield.

The closures and layoffs come on the same day Walmart - the parent company of Sam's Club - announced that it would increase wages for its US workers, including its Sam's Club, supply chain, e-commerce and Home Office hourly associates.

Additionally, about 10 to 12 Sam's Club stores are slated to be closed temporarily as the retailer converts them to regional distributional centers to help ramp up its ability to fulfill online purchases.

The layoff notice indicates the store will close to the public on January 26 and that 163 employees are affected.

The store in Jamestown was closed today and the announcement was made to employees on Thursday.

Calls to the Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, Yuba City and Vacaville Sam's Club stores confirm that these locations remain open.

The wholesale store's 110 employees were first told about the closure on Thursday, and a notice was sent to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

"The cost of operating the clubs in Alaska is very high", Garcia said.

Among the dozens of other expected closures, IL will be particularly hard hit, with six locations set to close, followed by four in NY, and three in Washington.

Sam's Club is an offshoot of Walmart, the Arkansas-based retail megachain.

The closures come as Wal-Mart Stores announced it would raise its entry-level wage to $11 per hour and offer bonuses to employees at Walmart stores.

This is a developing story and will be updated.