Two Ohio Sam's Club stores to close, 63 closing around the country

Two Ohio Sam's Club stores to close, 63 closing around the country

LOVELAND, OH (RNN/WTOL) - (RNN) – Walmart shuttered Sam's Club locations throughout the country Thursday. Two of those locations will be in Ohio:

  • 4825 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
  • 9570 Fields Ertel Rd, Loveland, OH 45140

WTOL called the Sam's Club store in Holland and they confirmed they were not on the list.

Diana Leavitt Lanham, of Loveland, OH, said she worked at Sam's Club for three years as an overnight stocker before she was terminated Thursday.

Lanham said about 10:30 a.m. FedEx delivered an envelope with a letter regarding the store closing.

"It said effective immediately that our store is closed," said Lanham, a mother of three. "No one had any idea. People showed up for work not knowing that anything was going on."

Lanham who worked Wednesday night said she was shocked and saddened by the notice.

"There were 143 people who woke up this morning or worked third shift just to find out that they no longer have a job," Lanham said.

The letter said the closing would be permanent and advised employees to transfer to another Sam's Club, Walmart or find employment elsewhere.

Lanham said she has bills to pay and hasn't decided on her next move.

In all, 63 stores in more than 10 states including Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Three stores in Puerto Rico also closed.

The company tweeted that they reviewed their portfolio and closing clubs, which is what they call stores, to "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."

All Sam's Club locations in Alaska are closing, KTVA TV reported.

Jessica Buckner, an audit team lead at the Sam's Club location in the Tikahtnu Commons, said all Alaska stores are closing as part of a larger downsizing across the United States.

The closing of a store in New Jersey caught one family by surprise.

With the closings also came concerns about prescriptions at Sam's Club pharmacies.

The move came on the same day that Walmart boosted starting pay to $11 an hour and offered one-time bonuses to some of its employees.

There are more than 650 Sam's Club locations across the U.S and Puerto Rico.

Communities began getting word of the closings Thursday morning.

Irondale, AL, was one of them.

Employees also got word in Baton Rouge, LA.

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