BJ's tells Sam's Club members, staff to come on over after closures

BJ's tells Sam's Club members, staff to come on over after closures

BJ's tells Sam's Club members, staff to come on over after closures

In a bid to capitalize on Walmart's sudden decision to close 63 Sam's Clubs, BJ's Wholesale Club is appealing to Sam's Club members to sign up with the rival warehouse club retailer at a nearby location or online and begin shopping - and saving - at once.

Employees there will be offered available positions at area Sam's Club and Walmart locations and will receive compensation for at least 60 days from Thursday, she said. - Sam's Club's parent company - announced it was raising its starting hourly wages from $9 to $11, giving one-time $1,000 bonuses to hourly employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits.

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The changes were made after a recent performance review, according to the company.

The El Camino Avenue location will close for good on January 26, according to a sign on the front door.

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On average, about 150 employees work at Sam's Clubs location, she added.

Seven of these stores are in IL, reports WGN, many in the Chicago-area.

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In a news release, Romeoville Village Manager Steve Gulden said "This came as a surprise to us as Sam's has demonstrated a strong sales increase each year since opening".

Several Sam's Club stores abruptly closed Thursday, according to news reports.

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A Walmart official said 10 of the affected stores would be turned into e-commerce distribution centers.

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