Walmart is closing its stores in North and Southeast Portland, saying the two locations have not met financial expectations.
The retail giant said it plans to shutter the stores at the Delta Park and Eastport Plaza shopping centers, including their pharmacies, on March 24. The company said it would work with its staff to instruct customers on how to transfer prescriptions to pharmacies of their choice.
“There is no single cause for why a store closes – we do a thorough review of how a store performs and weigh many factors before making the difficult decision to close a facility,” Lauren Willis, spokesperson for Walmart, told The Oregonian/OregonLive.
The closures means that a total of 580 employees will lose their jobs, according to a notice sent to state and local officials. The workers, who are not represented by a union, were notified of their layoffs on Wednesday and that they can apply for openings at other Walmart or Sam’s Club locations.
According to news reports, Walmart has announced plans to close more than half a dozen stores across the country since the beginning of the year.
Walmart operates 45 stores in Oregon. Willis said the retailer does not plan to close any other stores in the state.
The closure, however, means the retailer will no longer have a location in Portland. It also means a longer trip to a supermarket for some residents.
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