Loyal Sam's Club Members Lament the Loss of a Trusted Friend

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There are two Sam's Club stores in Montana - one in Billings and the other in Great Falls. "That and Walmart are all we have - we don't live in an area where there's a Costco or a Target on every corner".

The Chicago Tribune noted that Sam's Club has been a huge boom for Chicago's grocery-industry for years with more business than other chains like Mariano's, Meijer, and Aldi. Shoppers can buy huge quantities of merchandise, including products not found at Walmart, as well as fill up on gasoline. "Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition", the company wrote. Out of necessity or protest, many customers quickly jumped ship to competitors like Costco.

The first former Sam's Club location slated to become an ecommerce fulfillment center is in Memphis, TN.

The Sam's Club location at 12919 San Pedro Ave. will permanently close January 26, said Anne Hatfield, a spokeswoman for parent company Walmart.

Earlier in the day, Walmart had cited the sweeping Republican tax overhaul that will save it money in announcing the higher hourly wages, one-time bonuses and expanded parental benefits that will affect more than a million hourly workers in the U.S.

No Montana Sam's Club locations are on the list of closure the company announced Thursday.

Walmart was accused of using its pay announcement as a shield to cover up the shutdowns.

Betancourt and other employees at the New Caney store who were willing to discuss the layoffs with the Observer say they were shocked the store was being closed.

The 63 stores closing were falling behind in sales, according to Walmart.

MOLINE, Illinois- The Moline's Sam's Club was slammed with customers trying to get a deal before the store closes for good. That will put the company ahead of Walmart, which anticipates having its "Scan & Go" service at fewer than 200 stores by the end of 2018.

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