Walmart announced on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 they will be closing down 269 stores. 154 of those are in the United States and among them is the Walmart Super center in Kimball, WV. The store opened in 2005 after Walmart bought the old K-Mart building and tore it down to build a new one.
The Kimball store is one of only 12 Walmart Super centers that are on the chopping block. Most of the closures are Walmart Express locations. Those were launched as a test program that began in 2011.
The announcement comes three months after Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told investors the company would review its store fleet amid increasing competition from all fronts. In total, approximately 16,000 associates will be impacted by the decision, about 10,000 of them in the U.S. When the Kimball store opened in 2005, it was expected to bring around 300 jobs to the area. The doors are expected to be closed on Jan. 28, 2016