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Employees tell KHOU 11 News in Houston that the stores closed without notice and they only learned about the closure when they arrived for work.

The store in Jamestown was closed today and the announcement was made to employees on Thursday.

According to the Bentonville, Ark. -based company, the round of closings is in addition to its announcement in 2016 to close 269 stores in the United States and overseas.

Now, according to a representative of Sam's Club, it's not just Thursday that the stores will be shuttered.

At least 63 membership-based Sam's Club stores are shutting their doors. About 10 of those stores will be repurposed into e-commerce distribution sites. The store will reopen Friday before permanently closing in two weeks.

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Walmart also announced today it would increase its minimum hourly wage for its USA employees to $11 and give bonuses up to $1,000, crediting the tax cut approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.

Sam's Club president and CEO John Furner said in a note that the company would try "to place as many associates as possible in new roles at nearby locations".

It's unclear at this time how many stores will close nationwide. The company operates 85 Sam's Clubs in Texas and its biggest competitor everywhere is Costco, which has historically generated average store sales that are twice the rate of a Sam's Club.

The employees said they will be getting severance pay for 60 days after the store closes unless they work for Walmart, which is the same corporation. It did not mention the permanent closure later this month.

This is a developing story.

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