The announcement comes after Walmart Stores, Inc. closed 269 stores in 2016.
Sam's Club responded on Twitter Thursday to say that "closing clubs is never easy."
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. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.— Sam's Club (@SamsClub) January 11, 2018
Sam's Club locations in Streamwood, Wheeling, Matteson, Batavia, Moline, Romeoville, and Naperville are included in the closures. More than 1100 employees will be terminated on March 16, 2018.