More than 300 people will lose their jobs — and some area warehouse-club members potentially left in the lurch — when the Sam’s Club stores in Orange and Manchester close their doors Jan. 26.
Shoppers were confused Thursday morning when they arrivedat the Sam’s Club on Boston Post Road to find it closed — and then said they were angry and felt betrayed after learning the wholesale warehouse would be closing permanently later this month without any notice.
Officials with Sam’s Club told the Connecticut Department of Labor Thursday they will close the warehouse club in those two locations later this month, in a move that will leave 306 people out of work.
The Orange store, which is located 2 Boston Post Road, employs 155 people, with the remainder of workers based out of the Manchester store, according to notice filed with the state Labor Department. State officials have not been notified of any plans to close the Newington location of Sam’s Club.
Both the Orange and Manchester stores were closed Thursday as officials with the Bentonville, Arkansas, company, which is a subsidiary of retail giant Walmart, notified the workers of their fate.
Hourly workers at the Manchester and Orange locations will leave the company’s payroll on March 16, while the management team at both locations have until April 13. The Connecticut closings are part of a nationwide plan to close approximately 63 stores, according to Business Insider, a move that likely will result in the elimination of more than 11,000 jobs nationwide.
Company officials were not immediately available for comment, but the Sam’s Club Twitter account offered up a brief statement.
“After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy,” the retailer’s Twitter account said Thursday afternoon. “Closing clubs is…