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Sam's Club cuts could mean about 20 W.Va. jobs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cuts across the country to Sam's Clubs -- which are run by West Virginia's largest private employer, Walmart -- could affect about 20 employees at Sam's Club locations in West Virginia.

"In order to position ourselves for future growth, Sam's Club has made the difficult decision to implement a job reduction in our field organization impacting approximately 2,300 associates, or approximately 2 percent of associate population," said Bill Durling, Sam's Club spokesman.

The move is aimed to rebalance resources more effectively across clubs nationwide. Sam's Club is eliminating certain hourly positions, in some cases reducing the number of assistant managers and in some cases creating new, more senior level positions.

"While we are not disclosing the exact number of associates per club, this action will impact four associated per club on average," Durling said.

There are five Sam's Clubs in West Virginia, including one at Southridge Centre. Others are in the Parkersburg, Morgantown, Beckley and Clarksburg areas.

Associates will be paid their regular salary for 60 days to give them time to apple for other opportunities at Sam's Club or Walmart. If associates are unable to find a new role after 60 days they will be eligible for severance.

"We know this is a difficult time for some of our associates and we're doing everything we can to treat them with the utmost care and respect," Durling said.

Walmart has been West Virginia's largest private employer since 1998.

Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.cook@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.


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