Sam’s Clubs in Manchester, Orange to close

Sam's Club in Orange is set to close on Jan. 26. (Photo: Ken Melech/WTNH)

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — A Sam’s Club location in Orange is set to close toward the end of January.

According to a letter sent from Sam’s Club to the Connecticut Department of Labor, the business’s location at 2 Boston Post Road will close to the public on Jan. 26.

The letter states that all hourly employees at the location will be terminated effective March 16. Management employees will be terminated on April 13.

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155 employees are being impacted by the closing, according to the letter.

On Thursday morning, customers discovered a sign on the building saying that the store was closed for the day but would reopen on Friday.

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Customers discovered this sign at the Sam’s Club in Orange on Thursday. (Photo: Ken Melech/WTNH)

Customers reacted to the news on Thursday, with emotions ranging from surprise to confusion.

“Since I was four or five I remember coming to Sam’s weekly to get groceries and to [get] gas so I’m really surprised actually,” said Jesse Okeke.

“Shocked, very shocked,” expressed Vernon Cotman. “The parking lot [is] usually very full. But they ain’t full today. I don’t know why, but they ain’t.”

A second Sam’s Club in Manchester is also set to close.

In press release, Sam’s Club President and CEO John Furner stated,

Transforming our business means managing our real estate portfolio and Walmart needs a strong fleet of Sam’s Clubs that are fit for the future. We know this is difficult news for our associates and we are working to place as many of them as possible at nearby locations. Our focus today has been on those associates and their communities, and communicating with them.”

The company says 63 Sam’s Club locations around the country are set to close, and that 12 of these locations will be converted into eCommerce Facilities.

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