Sam's Club is closing 63 stores nationwide with 4 located throughout the state including right here in Central New York.

According to Sams' Club two stores in Rochester will close, one store in Jamestown and one in Syracuse. The Syracuse store will permanently close on January 26, affecting 151 employees.

The company has confirmed the closings and said that 10 of the 63 stores will reopen as e-commerce fulfillment centers, with the first to open in Memphis, Tennessee.

The company's Twitter account stated that pharmacies will remain open at the impacted stores for two more weeks. Customers needing prescription refills at Sam's Club are encouraged to contact the pharmacies at nearby Walmart locations in East Syracuse, Cicero, and Camillus.

Spokesperson Anne Hatfield explained One issue, she said, more people are shopping online than in brick and mortar stores," and "It's supply and demand."

The closings also come as Walmart announced the retail giant would raise its minimum wage to $11 per hour and hand out tax cut bonuses of up to $1,000, citing the new Republican tax law.

[syracuse.com]