These are the Wal-Mart stores closing in Georgia

Credit: Joe Raedle / Staff / Getty Images

Credit: Joe Raedle / Staff / Getty Images

Wal-Mart announced last week that it would close 269 of its stores in the U.S. and globally. The move is the retail giant's attempt to "ensure assets were aligned with strategy."

The locations closing include several Wal-Mart Express, Wal-Mart Supercenters and Sam's Clubs stores.

All seven stores will be closed by Jan. 28. According to the company’s website, the following locations in Georgia will be shuttered:

• Store #4228: 560 S. Broad St., Ellaville

• Store #4229: 1041 S US Hwy 1, Alma

• Store #4234: 155 West Washington Ave., Ashburn

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• Store #4251: 398 Barrow Ave SW, Pelham

• Store #4254: 907 Marianna Hwy, Donalsonville

• Store #4261: 290 Albany Ave. West, Pearson

• Store #4263: 142 S. Valdosta Road, Lakeland

“Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future. It’s important to remember that we’ll open well more than 300 stores around the world next year," said Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in a statement. "So we are committed to growing, but we are being disciplined about it.”

Displaced workers will be transferred to nearby locations, according to a statement released by the company. If this is not possible, the company will provide 60 days of pay, resume and interview training and severance, if eligible.