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Sam's Club in Seabrook to close Jan. 26

Union Leader Correspondent

January 11. 2018 3:24PM
The former Sam's Club on John E. Devine Drive in Manchester is planned to become a BJ's Wholesale Club early next year. BJ's Hooksett store will close. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader FILE)

SEABROOK — The Sam’s Club in Seabrook is closing its doors.

The retail warehouse club open only to its members is one of 63 Sam’s Clubs being shuttered across the country, Walmart told Business Insider.

Walmart owns and operates the clubs and closed its store off South Willow Street in Manchester last August.

Town Manager Bill Manzi said he received a call from the Seabrook store manager on Thursday confirming the closure of the store at 11 Batchelder Road. According to Manzi, the store was closed Thursday, will re-open Friday, and is set to close permanently on Jan. 26.

“After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition,” the company said in a statement.

Manzi said 125 employees at the Seabrook store will be affected.

“While there are no bumping rights within Sam’s or Wal-Mart, the employees will be able to seek employment at other locations, either Sam’s or Wal-Mart,” he said.

The future of the Seabrook property after the closure is uncertain, but the town is already looking at options.

“The closing location is owned by Sam's, and I am talking to them about potential economic development on that site,” Manzi said.

It also appears that the town may not be without a wholesale club for too long.

While the Sam’s Club closure isn’t good news, Manzi said “we will be able to announce another major wholesale club coming to Seabrook very shortly, at a different location.”

Manzi did not elaborate on the plans or identify the new wholesale club.

In Manchester, the loss of a wholesale club will be short-lived: BJ’s Wholesale Club plans to relocate its Hooksett store to the space formerly occupied by Sam’s Club on John E. Devine Drive.

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