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Sam's Club to close Clay location

The Sam's Club located on Route 31 in Clay will close Friday Jan. 22 because of a lack of profit and decreased financial performance. Employees were notified of the location's closure during a meeting held Jan. 10.

A similar meeting was also held the same night across the country at a Sam's Club located in Sacramento, Calif. That store will also close Jan. 22, putting 144 employees out of work.

Because Sam's is owned and operated by Wal-Mart, the 100-plus employees in Clay losing their jobs will be assisted in finding another job within the two companies. However, all laid-off employees will receive severance pay for up to three months after the closing.

Clay Sam's Club shoppers can continue to shop at the Erie Boulevard location in Syracuse or any surrounding Sam's Club location. Refunds will be honored for customers that make requests, according to company officials.

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