"And they're working already on trying to get some answers to help us try to reposition the property". The bonus is based on length of service, with workers with at least 20 years qualifying for $1,000.
Only employees were allowed to enter the store for what security guards said were meetings with staffers.
The Fern Park location is also scheduled to close. "It has that kind of impact".
"We offer our sympathies to our residents who were laid off by this abrupt and unexpected closing", said Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and county Freeholder Christopher Hudak, a resident of Linden, in a joint statement.
"A little? I'm a coupon person".
"I'm shocked. My parents always shopped here and I've shopped here", Paul said. Sam's Club member Larry Wilson took a more pragmatic approach. The phone line at the location was down, and the company removed information about the location on its website. "So I wanted to come an see for myself".
About 300 people will be terminated from the store closures, according to WARN notices to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. It has been losing ground to Costco.
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"Amazon and other online retail has completely changed the game", he said.
Sam's Club, while operating more stores than rival Costco - 650 vs. 518 - has been losing ground to its more successful rival for several years.
NoRelle Adams, who lives in Volant and worked in the Mercer store, pointed to new employees who will be making more in an hourly wage than some current employees. The closures will result in job losses for thousands of people.
But the world's biggest retailer and the biggest private US employer is also shutting some Sam's Clubs stores around the US, the company confirmed.
"I have two younger brothers and me and they eat a lot of food, so we have to buy everything in bulk and if Sam's Club closed then we'll be in a lot of trouble", Taylor Docherty, Elyria shopper, said.
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.
In addition to the entry-level pay increase and bonuses, Walmart has also revised some of the company's benefits. All affected employees will be able to apply for open positions at other Sam's Clubs or Walmart locations.
The company says with the changes, family comes first.
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