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More than 100 people affected by Sam’s Club closure

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) – Sam’s Club locations in West Allis and Madison temporarily closed Thursday morning. Signs outside of the stores announced a re-opening on Friday but that temporary closure will now have long term effects.

CBS 58 sat down with an employee from the West Allis location who says Thursday’s closure was for a meeting where they were told of the permanent closure.

The employee, who did not wish to be identified for safety reasons, is one of 165 people being laid off from the West Allis location.

“Over the last two weeks it’s been a little weird,” says the employee. “We haven’t had the same amount of vendors come in.”

After being with the company for four years she now has to decide whether to stay with the corporation at a different location or move on to something else.

“But that would probably be a pay cut since most of the positons are already filled or just have to try and find a job somewhere else,” says the employee.

“The job market is tough,” says Ricard Ybarra with Employ Milwaukee. “It’s a job seekers market right now.”

Ybarra will be working closely with the more than 100 people being laid off, showing them how to file for unemployment, access programs support, and showing them the resources available through the department of workforce development.

“I just don’t know. It’s hard,” says the employee. “This club that I was at was one of the best in the market that we’re in and just because of location they’re closing it.”

The store in West Allis is set to close later this month. Hourly employees will continue through March 16th and salary employees will be paid through mid-April.

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