ROMEOVILLE, Ill. -- Sam's Club is closing several of its stores nationwide, and a few of them are in Illinois.
Of its 19 Illinois stores, Sam's Club is closing seven locations. The closures are in Naperville, Wheeling, Batavia, Streamwood, Matteson, Moline and Romeoville.
“This came as a surprise to us as Sam’s has demonstrated a strong sales increase each year since opening,” said Romeoville Village Manager Steve Gulden in a news release.
Gulden added that Romeoville's Sam's Club, located at 460 S. Weber Road, will close Jan. 26.
No word yet on when the other Illinois stores will close.
A Sam’s Club in Wheeling was closed all day Thursday following an employee meeting early that same morning when the employees learned they would be losing their jobs.
Patricia McDonald and her husband both work at the Wheeling store. She's pregnant, and hopes they'll be able to find new jobs.
The employees said their manager told them they will do their best to try to transfer them to nearby Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. They will also be holding a job fair for them.
Sam's Club posted a statement about the closures on Twitter, saying in part, "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."
According to Gulden, Sam’s Club will be working with their employees on relocation. In addition, any displaced employees can contact the Workforce Development Services of Will County at 815-727-4444 for employment assistance.