From News West9:
MIDLAND – A Midland Wal-Mart will be closing their doors for at least six months starting on Monday night.
Wal-Mart representatives tell NewsWest 9, it’s because of plumbing issues.
Employees at the Wal-Mart store on Midland Drive weren’t told until 2 p.m. Monday afternoon that they won’t be going back to work on Tuesday.
Also, not all 400 employees will keep their jobs.
“Deciding to close the store is not a decision we make lightly but after careful consideration, we thought it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run.”
Company representatives confirm that some workers will be reassigned to the Wal-Mart on Rankin Highway or one of their locations in Odessa.
They couldn’t tell NewsWest 9 how many of the 400 Midland Drive employees would be transferred.
The employees who don’t get transferred will get 60 days of pay and severance if it applies. After that, they can reapply to Wal-Mart or find another job.
LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) –Walmart is closing the Livingston store for six months starting Monday night for renovations and displacing around 400 workers in the process, according to a company official.
Company spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said full-time and part-time employees are being told they could be transferred if they wish. Those who are not transferred may be qualified for a 60-day severance package.
Walmart is closing to renovate the store and fix plumbing issues that could not be resolved without closing the store.
The pharmacy and vision department will remain open for 14 days, Hatfield said.”Deciding to close a store is not a decision we make lightly, but after careful consideration, we felt it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run,” said Anne Hatfield, a Walmart spokeswoman.
Livingston resident Phil Asper explains he visits Walmart about eight times a week and explained the final hours of the store’s operation to be busy.
“Drove up and the parking lot was completely full,” said Asper. “Went inside and I saw one of my friends there and he told me that it had been shut down. So, I got a hair cut and some razors and that was it. A lot of people in there not in a very good mood.”
TAMPA— Plumbing problems at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Brandon has forced the store to immediately close for at least six months, according to company officials. A similar problem will close at least four other Wal-Mart sites across the country.
The Brandon store, at 1208 E. Brandon Blvd., closed Monday.
Company officials would not describe the issue with the plumbing, but Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amanda Hennenberg issued a statement, saying, “We will immediately begin the process to address these issues and intend to reopen the store as soon as all of the plumbing issues are resolved. Deciding to close a store is not a decision we make lightly, but after careful consideration, we felt it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run.”
Wal-Mart officials said the problem cropped up with clogs and leaks in plumbing that affected availability of water and drainage around the store.
Employees who work at the Brandon site can seek a transfer to another store if a similar job opening is available. Otherwise, they will be paid for 60 days of work, in accordance with state labor laws.
TULSA, Oklahoma –Plumbing issues have forced the Walmart at Admiral and Memorial to temporarily close.
According to Walmart representative, Erica Jones, the problem will require extensive repairs and the store will close at 7:00 Monday night until repairs are made.
“We will immediately begin the process to address these issues and intend to reopen the store as soon as all of the plumbing issues are resolved,” Jones said.
Jones said deciding to close the store wasn’t easy, but said it was necessary to make the repairs to better serve their customers and the community.
Other Walmarts across the United States are experiencing similar problems. Plumbing issues at two Texas Walmarts are forcing stores in Midland and Livingston to close for six months.
Another store is Tampa is experiencing the safe fate.
Also of note, the Walton family has recently relinquished enough of their share holdings to keep their overall stock ownership below the 50% margin, which would give them complete control over business decisions.