Club abruptly closes Owings Mills location
NBC News is learning of other Sam’s Club store closures elsewhere in the country.”After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.”But, there’s no mention of the employees who showed up to work to find they had no job, like Tyrone Lewis, who rode the bus to work.”I heard corporate was coming in today and this is the result. They could of called us (and) let us know. Instead, I come and see the store is closed,” Lewis said.At the Owings Mills location, 169 employees are out of a job. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz blamed President Trump.Kamenetz released a statement,
saying, “Donald Trump promised us that giving hundreds of billions in tax cuts to big businesses would grow the economy. He lied again. I am reaching out to Walmart this morning to make sure they live up to their responsibilities to assist employees at Sam’s Club who have worked hard to benefit the company. The county will also provide assistance in securing jobs for these hard working people to keep them from the unemployment line.”The pharmacy is open until the 26th. There is a nearby BJs, and it was also just announced that Costco is coming to the Owings Mills Mall location.On Friday morning, BJ’s released a statement in response to inquiries about Sam’s Club closures:”We’ve had an immediate increase in Sam’s Club members joining BJ’s Wholesale Club. Sam’s Club members can sign up for membership at their local BJ’s and begin shopping and saving immediately. For added convenience, new members can download the BJ’s app, which includes Add to Card coupons for automatic savings. We’ve also had numerous inquiries from Sam’s Club employees. Free services include helping residents find a new job and providing career counseling and emergency resources. The county is providing information employment and training opportunities, career counseling resources, labor market outlook and unemployment insurance.