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MOLINE Sam’s Club was closed without notice to employees or customers Thursday, but is scheduled to reopen Friday, before permanently closing Jan. 26.

While Sam’s and Walmart (its parent company) have not responded to calls for comment, Moline planning and development director Ray Forsythe said the city was “notified today that they are closing, but I didn’t get any information as to why.”

He said Sam’s Club officials faxed a “Warn” notice (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) to the city, which is required by state law if a business plans to lay off many workers. Mr. Forsythe said the notice stated the store would close Jan. 26. Friday.

The business, which opened at 6600 44th Ave., on Aug. 21, 2014, reportedly has 155 workers. The Davenport Sam’s Club was operating as usual Thursday.

Alexus Coleman, 18, was hired as a cashier Dec. 7, making $11 an hour. She rushed to the Moline store on Thursday when she heard news of its closing.

“They said if you had a prescription to pick up, that was the only way you could get into the store,” Ms. Coleman said. “My boss said I would have to wait for the (information) packet to come in the mail. Now I have to go job hunting again.”

Ms. Coleman said she is scheduled to work Saturday.

“It makes me feel mad and disrespected,” she said. “I have to hurry up and find a job. I’m a full time student at Black Hawk College and I’m an athlete. Sam’s Club was willing to work around my schedule. It’s hard for me to find a job in such short notice.”

According to Business Insider, Sam’s Club abruptly closed 63 locations across the country Thursday, including seven of its 19 stores in Illinois. Other Illinois locations closing are in Naperville, Batavia, Matteson, Streamwood, Wheeling and Romeoville.

Sam’s Club did not respond to a request for more information.

Walmart boosts starting pay, closing dozens of Sam’s Clubs

The world’s largest private employer said it was closing 63 of its 660 Sam’s Clubs, including the Moline store, over the next weeks, with some shut already.

He said it was too early to say how many people overall would lose their jobs since some will be placed at other Walmart locations or rehired at the e commerce sites. Making Change at Walmart, a campaign backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, estimates that 150 to 160 people work at each Sam’s Club store, meaning the closures could affect about 10,000 people.
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