Sam’s Clubs low on merchandise ahead of closures

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Local Sam’s Club members are supposed to have until Friday to shop before the stores close for good, but it was slim pickings once they got inside on Monday.

Sams Club’s parent company, Walmart Stores Inc., announced plans last month to close 269 stores globally as part of a company-wide restructuring, including the Sam’s Club locations in Warwick, Seekonk, and Fall River. Shoppers were seen Monday at the Fall River store, but one person told Eyewitness News the available merchandise had been consolidated down to just one table.

Sam’s Club is offering refunds for memberships for any members who want them. Fall River resident Pauline Ferreira, who got her membership just before Christmas, said she plans to keep hers in case she moves to an area where there is a Sam’s Club.

“They have a variety of stuff, and you can buy in bulk,” she said Monday. “It’s very reasonable, especially if you have a family.”

According to Walmart, approximately 400 employees will be impacted by the local closures.

“The young woman that took my payment from me, she said she’s been putting out applications,” added Ferreira. “I told her I wish her the best. I really do.”

If employees aren’t able to be transferred to another store, a spokesperson for Walmart said they will be given 60 days of pay.

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