Some Sam’s Club stores abruptly close nationwide

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A customer checks out at a Sam’s Club store in Rogers, Ark., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Walmart is abruptly closing some of its Sam’s Club locations nationwide, media outlets around the country are reporting Thursday.

The company responded to a Twitter user, saying “after a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and 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.”

Walmart, which owns Sam’s Club, has not announced which stores are closing. The company did, however announce Thursday that they’re boosting their starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour as well as giving some employees a one-time $1,000 cash bonus and expanding their maternity and parental leave benefits.

This statement below is from Walmart’s public relations office:

 “Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio and Walmart needs a strong fleet of Sam’s Clubs that are fit for the future,” said John Furner, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. “We know this is difficult news for our associates and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations. Our focus today has been on those associates and their communities, and communicating with them.”

Two of the locations are in Cincinnati, WLWT reports. NBC4 has not confirmed any Central Ohio locations closing.

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