Wal-Mart to close 269 stores, will focus on Supercenters, Neighborhood MarketsStaff writer ▼ | January 15, 2016
Wal-Mart Stores announced plans to close 269 stores in the U.S. and globally. Impacted associates will receive assistance.
Loss of jobs After a review of the portfolio
In October 2015, the company said an active review of the portfolio was underway to ensure assets were aligned with strategy.
This action follows a review of Walmart’s nearly 11,600 worldwide stores that took into account a number of factors, including financial performance as well as strategic alignment with long-term plans. In total, the impacted stores represent less than 1 percent of both global square footage and revenue.
Wal-Mart will close 154 locations in the U.S., including the company’s 102 smallest format stores, Walmart Express, which had been in pilot since 2011.
Walmart instead will focus on strengthening Supercenters, optimizing Neighborhood Markets, growing the e-commerce business and expanding Pickup services for customers. Also covered in the closures are 23 Neighborhood Markets, 12 Supercenters, seven stores in Puerto Rico, six discount centers, and four Sam’s Clubs.
Internationally, Wal-Mart is closing 115 stores outside the United States. This includes 60 recently-closed, loss-making stores in Brazil, which represents only 5 percent of sales in that market.
The company has already been able to relocate many affected associates in Brazil to other stores. The remaining 55 stores are primarily small, loss-making stores in other Latin American markets.
Walmart will disclose more detail about those actions, including the number of stores per market, after completing local associate and community outreach.
Walmart will continue to invest in its future, with plans to open stores worldwide in the coming fiscal year.
Domestically, Walmart intends to open 50 to 60 Supercenters and 85 to 95 Neighborhood Markets in Fiscal 2017, which begins February 1. In the same period, Sam’s Club plans to open in seven to 10 new locations. Internationally, Walmart intends to open between 200 and 240 stores during the coming year. ■