DeKalb Sam’s Club closes abruptly amid national closures

Amid nationwide closures, Sam's Club is shutting down its Lithonia location.

The store, on Turner Hill Road across from Stonecrest Mall, closed Thursday. Other DeKalb County Sam’s Club locations on Clairmont Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard remained open, but the company hadn’t yet released a list of stores planned to be closed.

“We don’t take this lightly and decisions like these are incredibly difficult,” a spokesperson said of the Lithonia closing. “This decision is based on a number of factors, including financial performance.”

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The company’s “hope” is that many associates “will choose to stay with the company via transfer and we’ll begin working to make that happen.”

Hourly associates will continue getting paid for 60 days, the spokesperson said, and if they haven’t transferred to another Sam’s Club or Walmart, which owns Sam’s, by then they will receive severance.

The news comes on the same day Walmart announced it was raising starting wages for employees.

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