MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTIC) – Sam’s Club has announced that it’s closing a number of its locations across the country. The list of warehouse clubs to be closed includes the Sam’s Club on Pavilions Drive in Manchester and Boston Post Road in Orange, according to filings with the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Manchester Director of Planning and Economic Development Gary Anderson says town officials learned of the closures Thursday morning– the same day that employees learned of them. A phone recording at the clubs said the stores were closed Thursday and would reopen Friday. The stores’ last day in operation is expected to be Jan. 26.

“This is certainly unfortunate news given the number of employees at Sam’s here in Manchester and those who are now facing losing their jobs,” said Anderson.

The Manchester Sam’s Club employs 151 employees; the Orange store employs 155, according to labor officials. Hourly employees will be terminated effective March 16; all managers will be out of a job as of April 13.

Both the Manchester and Orange locations had been removed from the Sam’s Club online store directory as of early Thursday afternoon.

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