• In Massachusetts, the Worcester Telegram reports that “a year after closing its warehouse club to customers, Sam’s Club is preparing to reopen the facility … as a fulfillment center for online orders … With a location in the center of New England and close to major highways, the center will fill and ship orders to customers from Maine to New York City.”

The Telegram writes that “the conversion revives a 139,000-square-foot building that closed in January 2018 when Sam’s, a division of Walmart Inc., shuttered 63 warehouse clubs and laid off thousands of workers. In Worcester, Sam’s Club laid off 167 workers, according to filings with state authorities at that time.

“Since then, Walmart has begun converting a small number of Sam’s Club stores into fulfillment centers – warehouses where workers gather and ship merchandise to customers who order online. The first Sam’s Club fulfillment center opened in Memphis in 2018 and others followed in Matteson, Illinois, and Fort Worth, Texas. Walmart is currently working on three more conversions, including the Worcester site. It continues to operate nearly 600 warehouse clubs.”