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Sam's Club in Seabrook to close January 26

Sam's Club in Seabrook to close January 26

Sam's Club is closing dozens of its stores, but none of those businesses are located in Wyoming, Senior Director of Communications Delia Garcia said Thursday.

Because of the tax reform law, Walmart says it's also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses.

Several other states where CNNMoney has confirmed stores will be closing did not have such notices posted as of Thursday afternoon.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, who took office January 1, said the city will do what it can to find employment for Sam's Club employees who will lose their jobs and can't find positions elsewhere.

"We don't take this lightly and decisions like these are incredibly hard", Walmart spokesperson Amy Wyatt-Moore said about the closing of the Lithonia store.

Local news reports said Sam's Clubs stores were closing in Texas, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana and Alaska, among other states.

The restructuring comes the day after Walmart announced it will raise its starting hourly wages to $11, expand parental leave benefits, and give cash bonuses to employees of up to $1,000.

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"After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've chose to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy", the company tweeted in response to a customer query, CNBC reported.

According to our sister station in Cincnnati, WCPO, employees at area Sam's Club said they had no notice of the closure before receiving a letter in the mail.

"The closing location is owned by Sam's, and I am talking to them about potential economic development on that site", Manzi said.

Employees also got word in Baton Rouge, LA.

The lowest starting pay for Walmart workers previously was US$9 an hour, increasing to US$10 after 90 days following the completion of a training program, but a company spokesman said the starting wage for all workers now would be at least US$11.

The retailer said Thursday changes that to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the USA, with the wage increase effective next month.

Full-time hourly employees will also become eligible for 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paternity leave, along with financial assistance to associates who adopt a child.