WFTS Tampa Bay reports on the sudden, unexpected closure of five Walmart stores. The stores are located in Florida, Oklahoma, California, and two in Texas.
Employees were given no advance notice and were told on the day of closing that they were being laid off. The closures will put more than 2000 employees out of work for six months. In addition to the economic cost of unemployed workers, the five locations which suffer closures will lose sales tax income which could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The stores are all between 11 and 21 years old and valued at $9,000,000.00 and $24,000,000.00 each.
A tax service operating from the Midland, Texas, store was given until the end of the day to remove its files and computers. Christian Broda has learned that the manager remarked that she had no idea how customers would find the service after it is forced to relocate.
In Brandon, Florida, a Walmart spokesman said that the closure was for repairs to the store plumbing, even though Walmart has apparently not applied for construction permits at any of the five locations.