Walmart confirms it is set to shut another half dozen stores for good after closing seven – see if yours is affected
By Chris Bradford,2023-03-24
WALMART has revealed that at least seven more stores are set to close in the coming weeks.
The major retailer, which has more than 5,000 locations across the country, has already shut several outlets this year.
Two Walmart supercenters will close in Portland, Oregon today – March 24.
The store closures at Hayden Meadows and East Point Plaza will see a combined 580 employees affected, according to The Independent News.
Walmart is closing its stores mostly due to poor financial performance, but other factors may be at play.
A spokesperson told The Oregonian.: “There is no single cause for why a store closes – we do a thorough review of how a store performs and weigh many factors before making the difficult decision to close a facility.”
Walmart’s supercenter in Washington, DC will close its doors on March 31 after the store’s pharmacy ceased operations on March 17.
Locals are worried that the closures may hurt seniors and disabled shoppers.
The area's Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kevin Rogers told CBS affiliate WUSA: “That was devastating to me and a whole lot of people I know. Devastating to this community.”
Meanwhile, Walmart stores in Hawaii, Minnesota, and Washington will close their doors on April 21.
The retailer's store in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota will also be closing on the same day.
Brooklyn Park City Manager Dr. Reginald Edwards branded the upcoming closure as a “devastating loss.”
“Our residents have relied on the convenience of the location," Edwards said.
"While this presents a significant challenge to the city, we are committed to rebounding and building a stronger local economy.”
Over 300 workers will be affected by the closure, Bring Me The News reports.
Walmart’s store in Everett, Washington will cease operations on April 21, according to The Everett Herald.
The location will close after 20 years in business and around 200 workers will be affected.
Local businesses have expressed concern about the impact of the closure on trade in the area.
Niket Thapa, the manager of Smoke King, told the Everett Herald: “That’s not a good thing for us.”
Walmart’s store in Cahokia Heights, Illinois will shutter on April 21 after more than 40 years in business, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.
Mayor Curtis McCall Sr and his team are reportedly urging Walmart to reconsider.
He branded the decision to close the store “devastating” for the community.
SLEW OF CLOSURES
Walmart has already shut down several of its stores this year.
Supercenters in Homewood and Plainfield, Illinois closed on March 10.
Its stores in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Pinellas Park, Florida shut down on the same date.
The Walmart supercenter in Albuquerque closed after more than 30 years of business, according to Business Insider.
Last year, cops revealed that they received more than 700 calls from or near the store.
Two pick-up and delivery locations in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Chicago, and a store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have also shut up shop.
Walmart is not the only major retailer that announced a raft of closures.
Six Nordstrom stores and seven Nordstrom Racks in Canada are expected to close by June at the latest.
Around 2,500 workers are set to be affected by the raft of closures.
The decision to close the stores was made after the company's CEO Erik Nordstrom admitted bosses do not see a “realistic path to profitability” for the Canadian part of business.
And, major sports retailer Foot Locker has announced that it will close around 400 underperforming outlets by 2026.
Gap, which also owns Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta, announced around 50 stores will be closing in the coming months.
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