Hours after announcing staff wage increases and bonuses, Walmart is closing 2 Sam's Club stores in Minnesota

They're among 63 closing nationally.
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They're among 63 closing nationally.

Within hours of announcing an increase in its hourly wages to $11 and up to $1,000 bonuses for staff, Walmart has revealed it's closing more than 60 Sam's Club stores nationwide – including 2 in Minnesota.

The St. Louis Park and Moorhead stores are among 63 closing, Business Insider reports, with the locations expected to shut up shop on Jan. 26.

Sam's Club confirmed on Twitter that the move was being taken to "better align our locations with our strategy."

A full list of store closures hasn't been released yet, and as of now the locations at  Louisiana Avenue South in St. Louis Park and 27th Avenue South in Moorhead are the only ones in Minnesota affected.

The Business Journals reports both stores were closed on Thursday so employees could be informed, and will temporarily reopen for business Friday morning.


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It will leave Minnesota with 11 Sam's Clubs, and while Walmart told the Business Journals that 10 locations will be transformed into e-commerce hubs, it's not clear if this will happen at either of the Minnesota stores.

There are reports across the country of some stores closing immediately, with workers given no notice they were about to lose their jobs.

It represents a bait and switch from Walmart, which earlier on Thursday announced an increase in hourly wages to $11, improved parental benefits and bonuses of up to $1,000 for its Walmart and Sam's Clubs workers, as a result of the tax bill passed by Congress.

It's similar to what AT&T did last month, announcing bonuses for employees before proceeding to slash thousands of jobs.

Sam's Club is telling its members who want a refund to get in contact with them. The same goes for any members who were due to receive rewards.

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