Walmart closing two Sam's Club locations in Virginia, laying off 300

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"Closing clubs is never easy and we're committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transistion".

Reports indicate that customers and employees arrived at some locations to find doors at the massive retailer to be locked. The company did not respond to CBS News' request for a comment, and did not elaborate on how many stores would be closed and when.

Sam's Club abruptly closed some of their stores across the country, including one location in San Antonio. Walmart owns the Sam's Club chain.

The membership warehouse said that it plans to convert another 13 into online distribution centers.

In Manchester, the loss of a wholesale club will be short-lived: BJ's Wholesale Club plans to relocate its Hooksett store to the space formerly occupied by Sam's Club on John E. Devine Drive.

Walmart said Thursday that it is closing more than 60 of its Sam's Club stores across the US - including its Morrisville location.

"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.

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Walmart closing two Sam's Club locations in Virginia, laying off 300

Business Insider estimates that as many as 11,000 people will lose their jobs as a result of the store closures. They will also be given the chance to tranfer to other Walmart or Sam's Club locations, and employees who do not will be given severance pay.

"Today, we are building on investments we've been making in associates, in their wages and skills development", Doug McMillon, the president and CEO of Walmart, said Thursday.

Walmart also announced today that it would be raising hourly wages for employees to $11.

The expanded parental leave policy would provide full-time hourly workers with 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave.

Hundreds of employees all over Texoma are getting a $1 raise starting next month.

The company said it is giving employees a portion of the savings it will see under recently passed tax reforms.

Although Wal-Mart's move lifts its overall starting US wage from $10 an hour (after workers take a training course), the increase matches what's already the minimum wage in California.

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