MORRISVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Big crowds are at the Sam’s Club in Morrisville on Friday, after company officials announced that it’s part of a nationwide wave of store closings.
CBS North Carolina has confirmed the Morrisville location is closing in two weeks. Signs posted on the store’s doors advertised discounts.
On Twitter the company posted the following statement:
“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.”
Hourly employees will be offered 60 days compensation and chances to transfer elsewhere within the company, according to a company spokeswoman.
But some Sam’s Club employees are not happy about how they found out they had been laid off.
“I think it was totally disrespectful,” said Sandra Ballard. She found out on the news that she had been laid off after five years with the company. For a second, she couldn’t believe it.
“I said can’t be happening at my store,” she said. “We keep it up. We keep it clean. It shouldn’t be happening.”
In fact, it is.
Friday, a line of people were waiting to get inside, customers having trouble finding parking and shopping carts.
“I do not have time for this,” said Marion Flemmings.
Some can’t remember experiencing anything like this.
“Maybe Black Friday, but no not like this on a normal Friday afternoon,” said Amy Foxx.
This comes after an announcement from Sam’s Club corporate owner, Walmart, stating they’re raising the minimum wage and a giving employee’s bonuses following the new tax law.
“They’re making an appearance that they’re doing what the tax plan should be doing, but then people are suffering because of it,” said Flemmings.
A company spokeswoman tells me hourly employees will be offered 60 days compensation and chances to transfer elsewhere within the company.
Ballard doesn’t know what she’s going to do yet, but says she’ll miss the experience.
“I love Sam’s here because we were like a family unit,” she said. “That’s what I would miss.”
Membership holders can still get in at other Sam’s Club locations including nearby stores in Raleigh, Durham and Wake Forest.
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