Walmart got a dose of positive headlines Thursday when it announced a bump in the wages it pays workers. Then came the surprise news that some of those workers will be out of a job as the company is closing 63 Sam's Club locations, or about 10% of the stores. Most are being shuttered for good, though about 10 will be turned into distribution centers for online orders, notes USA Today. The closures are spread across the country, but some states are hit worse than others. Illinois, for instance, is losing six locations. Alaska also is taking a hit on a per-capita basis, with three closing there. See the complete list of stores here. CNBC also has a map here.
"After a thorough review, it became clear we had built clubs in some locations that impacted other clubs, and where population had not grown as anticipated," wrote Sam's Club CEO John Furner in a company email. It wasn't immediately clear how many people would lose their jobs. "We will work to place as many associates as possible in new roles at nearby locations, and we'll provide them with support, resources, and severance pay to those eligible," wrote Furner. (Read more Walmart stories.)