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Sam's Club stores close around the country

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Jan 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-11 13:04:00-05

(RNN) – Walmart shuttered Sam’s Club locations throughout the country Thursday.

There are reports of stores closing in more than 10 states, including Maryland, Alaska, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

The company tweeted that the company reviewed their portfolio and closing clubs, which is what they call stores, to "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."

The move came on the same day that Walmart boosted starting pay to $11 an hour and offered one-time bonuses to some of its employees.

There are more than 650 Sam’s Club locations across the U.S and Puerto Rico.

Communities began getting word of the closings Thursday morning.

Irondale, Alabama, was one of them.

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