Walmart abruptly closes 5 stores, 2,200 employees out of work due to Plumbing issues
Two of the stores are in Texas, and the others are in California, Florida and Oklahoma. They will be closed for “extended repairs” for approximately six months, the company said.
The stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday, after workers were notified just hours before that they were losing their jobs.
“Everybody just panicked and started crying,” said Venanzi Luna, a manager of the deli department at the Pico Rivera, Calif. store.
The news came as a surprise to the 295 full-time workers and 248 part-time staffers there.
Both full-time and part-time workers will be put on paid leave for two months, during which time they can try to transfer to a different Walmart location. Full-time employees who don’t get another Walmart job by June 19 may be eligible for severance, which part time workers aren’t eligible for.