Sam's Club is a retailer that offers wholesale sizes and prices to individual buyers who purchase a membership to the store.
"After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we've chose to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy".
Sam's Club, which first opened in 1983 in Oklahoma but has since expanded across the country and overseas, is a chain of warehouses operated as clubs offering memberships.
"It's shocking", said Union County Freeholder Christopher Hudak, a Linden resident, adding that the Sam's Club website no longer lists the Linden store on East Linden Avenue that has been open for at least seven years.
But the glow of that announcement faded just hours later, when the Sam's Club closings were revealed not by an announcement from Walmart but rather through social media posts from confused and increasingly irate customers and employees.
At Sam's Club, digital sales are up 27 percent in the first half of the 2018 fiscal year.
The move is created to speed up delivery of online orders by expanding the company's distribution network, putting more inventory closer to end customers. Come to BJ's, is the message from the competitor store. In some places, employees reported arriving at stores to discover them closed and their jobs eliminated without warning.
Walmart now has two ECommerce hubs in the US - in Fort Worth, Texas, and Swedesboro, N.J. - supporting all of its online sales, according to Hatfield.
Sam's Club member Sarah Espinoza said she'll miss the store as she enjoys shopping at both Costco and Sam's Club.
It's not clear how many employees work at the San Pedro location but Sam's Club stores typically have about 150 employees, Hatfield said.
"Right now that's what the customer wants", she said.
On Thursday, Walmart made a huge announcement that will positively affect many of their current and future employees: the starting wage rate will be $11/hour across the country.