To be fair, Sam's Club CEO John Furner said the company plans to place as many employees as possible in new roles at nearby locations.
Sam's Club employees and its customers were not given advance notice of the cutbacks.
Walmart will close 63 of its 660 Sam's Clubs over the next few weeks, with some shut already.
"Having those Sam's Clubs that are converted structurally and operationally for delivery is really going to be a competitive challenge of unprecedented proportions", said Flickinger.
Through a brief statement, Sam's Club responded to some of the questions asked.
The Chicago Tribune noted that Sam's Club has been a huge boom for Chicago's grocery-industry for years with more business than other chains like Mariano's, Meijer, and Aldi.
Sam’s Club Chief Executive Officer John Furner is shown in this
It will close for good January 26. But it's not clear how many employees will be able to have that opportunity to get transferred. The store wasn't underperforming, Hatfield said, but the company made a decision to close the location as part of a review regarding the "right mix of clubs" and emphasis on e-commerce under CEO John Furner. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said she would not comment on the Sam's Club closings but that the wage increases were a sign that the tax measures "are having the impact that we had hoped". One-time bonus, the company noted, will represent an additional payment to associates of approximately $400 million in the company's current fiscal year.
The announcement came within a week of another announcement by Walmart that it's raising its starting wage to $11 per hour. "We'll convert some of them into eCommerce fulfillment centers - to better serve the growing number of members shopping with us online and continue scaling the SamsClub business".
"They (gave) us the news so we can go mark everything down", she said.
"We're actively managing our portfolio in Sam's just as we are in Walmart", Garcia said.
"The figure could be higher or lower depending on tax breaks the company might be losing, or new advantages in the treatment of capital investments and other provisions", the Times reported.