Walmart Closing 154 Stores In U.S., Ending “Walmart Express” Experiment

Walmart’s five-year dalliance with trying to go small through new “Walmart Express” stores is apparently over. This morning, the company announced that it will shutter 154 locations in the U.S., including all 102 Express locations, in an effort to focus on its larger outlets.

The U.S. closings are part of a larger array of store closures. Worldwide, Walmart says it will close a total of 269 stores. These represent only a small portion of the company’s more than 11,000 current locations, but could have real impact for people — shoppers and employees — in the affected markets.

Think about this: While the closing stores only represent less than 1% of Walmart’s total retail footprint, some 16,000 workers (10,000 of them in the U.S.) will be out of a job. That gives you an idea of just how many people Walmart employs.

The company says affected workers will receive 60 days’ pay. Some will additionally receive severance, though Walmart did not provide the eligibility requirements. The retail giant claims it will try to place laid-off associates with jobs at other stores nearby, and that these workers will be given priority for open positions.

Lest you think Walmart is trying to shrink its overall bricks-and-mortar footprint, CEO Doug McMillon says the company still intends to open more than 300 new stores worldwide over the coming year. Here in the U.S., that will include at least 50 Supercenters, 85 Neighborhood Markets and upwards of 10 new Sam’s Clubs.

“We conducted a thorough review of our stores and clubs worldwide that took into account a number of factors, including financial performance as well as strategic alignment with long-term plans,” says McMillon about how stores were selected.

Regarding the choice to shutter the Express stores, which have only been around since 2011, McMillon explains that “we have learned a lot from this pilot, including a deeper understanding of the everyday needs of our customers,” but that the company has decided it can “better serve our customers by focusing on Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets and by investing in e-commerce and services like Pickup.”

UPDATE: Here is the full list of stores to be closed, along with their expected closing dates —

ALABAMA (ALL CLOSING JAN. 28):
14331 Count Rd. 99, Headland, AL
18 Apple Way, Ashford, AL
952 E. Lawrence Harris Hwy, Slocomb, AL
407 West Washington St., Abbeville, AL
6361 Hwy 72 East Gurley, AL
87395 US Hwy 278, Snead, AL
3530 Cathedral Caverns Hwy, Grant, AL
10188 Hwy 431 South, New Hope, AL
7201 Aaron Aronov Drive, Fairfield, AL

ALASKA (CLOSING FEB. 5):
6525 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK

ARKANSAS (CLOSING JAN. 28):
720 N Hwy 71, Mansfield, AR
3500 Mulberry Hwy 64 W, Mulberry, AR
814 W. Main, Charleston, AR
1531 E Hwy 64, Coal Hill, AR
8848 N Hwy 59, Van Buren, AR
5 Hwy 124 West, Damascus, AR
154 E Roller, Decatur, AR
905 S Gentry Blvd, Gentry, AR
800 1st Ave SE, Gravette, AR
881 W Buchanan, Prairie Grove, AR
117 Audubon Drive, Maumelle, AR

CALIFORNIA (CLOSING JAN. 28):
5502 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA
151 E 5th St., Long Beach, CA
8400 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA
4101 Crenshaw Blcd., Los Angeles, CA
2408 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, CA
6820 Eastern Ave., Bell Gardens, CA
701 W Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA
2045 E Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA
12120 Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, CA

COLORADO (CLOSING DATES VARY):
8196 West Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO (Jan. 17)
2253 S Monaco Pkwy., Denver, CO (Jan. 28)

CONNECTICUT (CLOSING JAN. 28):
333 N Main St., West Hartford, CT

FLORIDA (CLOSING JAN. 28):
1113 S.R. 20, Interlachen, FL
1209 East Wade St., Trenton, FL
15726 SE Hwy 19 Cross City, FL

GEORGIA (CLOSING JAN. 28):
560 S. Broad St., Ellaville, GA
1041 S US Hwy 1, Alma, GA
155 West Washington Ave., Ashburn, GA
398 Barrow Ave SW, Pelham, GA
907 Marianna Hwy, Donalsonville, GA
290 Albany Ave. West, Pearson, GA
142 S. Valdosta Road, Lakeland, GA

ILLINOIS (CLOSING JAN. 17):
3636 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
225 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL

KANSAS (CLOSING JAN. 28):
900 East Ross Ave., Clearwater, KS
505 Housatonic St., Burlington, KS
705 N High School Ave., Columbus, KS
1105 East 15th St., Ellsworth, KS
120 West Rosewood St., Rose Hill, KS
605 Orchard Drive, Hillsboro, KS
601 N West St. STE 100, Wichita, KS
9831 E Harry St., Wichita, KS
4794 E 13th, Wichita, KS

LOUISIANA (CLOSING JAN. 28):
1445 Old Highway 13, Mamou, LA
1506 Main St., Colfax, LA
620 North Hwy 26, Lake Arthur, LA
501 West Hwy 90, Iowa, LA
9181 Hwy 67, Clinton, LA
920 Avenue G, Kentwood, LA
1495 Obrie St., Zwolle, LA
515 3rd St., Independence, LA

MARYLAND (CLOSING JAN. 17):
2701 Port Covington Drive, Baltimore, MD

MASSACHUSSETTS (SAM’S CLUB ONLY; CLOSING JAN. 28):
941 Grinnell St., Fall River, MA
1110 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA

MICHIGAN (CLOSING JAN. 28):
10400 Highland Rd., Hartland, MI
SAM’S CLUB:
495 Summit Drive, Waterford, MI

MISSOURI (CLOSING JAN. 28):
224 E Hwy 76, Anderson, MO
508 N Cliffside Dr., Noel, MO
33597 State Hwy 112, Seligman, MO
414 N Elm, Clever, MO

MISSISSIPPI (CLOSING JAN. 28):
410 2nd St., Belmont, MS
2795 Hwy 371 N, Mantachie, MS
420 E Lee St., Sardis, MS
28191 Hwy 15, Walnut, MS
519 W Veterans Ave., Derma, MS
7104 Will Robbins Hwy, Nettleton, MS

NORTH CAROLINA (CLOSING JAN. 28):
509 Dr. Donnie H. Jones Blvd W, Princeton, NC
511 N Mckinley St., Coats, NC
6043 US Hwy 301 S, Four Oaks, NC
112 N Main St., Broadway, NC
908 E. 4th Ave., Red Springs, NC
7670 Clinton Rd., Stedman, NC
1400 B Broad St., Oriental, NC
702 S. Wall St., Benson, NC
945 Monroe St., Carthage, NC
303 S. Goldsboro St., Pikeville, NC
632 W Swannanoa Ave., Liberty, NC
139 N Hwy 49, Richfield, NC
1593 NC Hwy 86 N, Yanceyville, NC
905 SE 2nd St., Snow Hill, NC
182 NC 102 W, Ayden, NC
189 Hickory Tree Rd., Midway, NC
1010 Martin Luther King Pkwy., Durham, NC

NEVADA (CLOSING JAN. 17):
4350 N Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

OHIO (CLOSING JAN. 28):
22209 Rockside Rd., Bedford, OH

OKLAHOMA (CLOSING JAN. 28):
124 E. Columbia St., Okemah, OK
19250 E Hwy 66, Luther, OK
2310 West Main, Prague, OK
1600 West Hwy 66, Stroud, OK
2324 Seran Drive, Wewoka, OK
812 N Clarence Nash Blvd., Watonga, OK

OREGON (CLOSING DATES VARY):
8235 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR (Jan. 17)
17711 Jean Way, Lake Oswego, OR (Jan. 28)

PUERTO RICO (AMIGO STORES ONLY. CLOSING Jan. 28):
7B Calle Munoz Rivera, Villalba, PR
Bo Salto Arriba, Utuado, PR
PR 14, Parque Industrial, Coamo, PR
1 Ave Monserrate STE 1, Carolina, PR
Carr 180 KM 0 HM 2, Salinas, PR
Centro Com Rio Grande State, Rio Grande, PR
Carr 165 KM 4.7, Toa Alta, PR

RHODE ISLAND (SAM’S CLUB ONLY; CLOSING JAN. 28):
25 Pace Blvd., Warwick, RI

SOUTH CAROLINA (CLOSING DATES VARY):
9032 Hwy 14, Gray Court, SC (Jan. 28)
7013 S Pine St., Pacolet, SC (Jan. 17)
721 US Hwy 321 BYP S Unit, Winnsboro, SC (Jan. 28)

TENNESSEE (CLOSING JAN. 28):
Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, TN
523 N Military St., Loretto, TN
400 North Main St., Cornersville, TN
934 Hwy 79, Dover, TN
1220 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN

TEXAS (CLOSING JAN. 28, except where noted):
721 Dale Evans Drive, Italy, TX
221 S State Hwy 274, Kemp, TX
504 W Pine St., Edgewood, TX
301 Hwy 69 S, Whitewright, TX
122 Commercial Ave., Anson, TX
1003 Telephone Cir., Merkel, TX
5 N 14th St., Haskell, TX
1010 N Main St., Winters, TX
501 N Main, Godley, TX
416 N Third St., Grandview, TX
420 S US 69, Leonard, TX
428 N Dallas St., Palmer, TX
440 E Pine St., Frankston, TX
1787 US Hwy 259 S, Diana, TX
1005 Texas Avenue E, Waskom, TX
870 Taylor St., Hughes Springs, TX
914 North Main St., Lone Star, TX
504 WL Doc Dodson, Naples, TX
12522 Fm 1840, Dekalb, TX
114 Redwater Boulevard West, Maud, TX
14091 FM 490, Raymondville, TX
7480 Padre Island Hwy, Brownsville, TX
8201 N FM 620, Austin, TX
7075 FM 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX
2218 Greenville Ave., Dallas (Greenville), TX
2740 Gessner Rd., Houston, TX
2201 West Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX
1901 S. Texas Ave., Bryan, TX
4268 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX (Jan. 17)

WEST VIRGINIA (CLOSING JAN. 28):
61 Plaza Drive, Kimball, WV

WISCONSIN (CLOSING JAN. 28):
5825 W Hope Ave., Milwaukee, WI
3850 N 124th St., Wauwatosa, WI
N88W15559 Main St., Menomonee Falls, WI
S14W22605 Coral Drive, Waukesha, WI

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