Loyal Sam’s Club Members Lament the Loss of a Trusted Friend

Walmart’s abrupt shuttering of 63 Sam’s Club stores as it revealed higher pay leads to condemnation from customers and departures to Costco and BJ’s.

The conventional wisdom is that consumers do not go to brick-and-mortar stores anymore.Tell that to the shoppers at Sam’s Club.Walmart’s quiet shuttering of 63 Sam’s Club stores on Thursday — hours after trumpeting its plans to raise wages — sent shock waves through the ardent customer base of the membership-only chain. Patrons protested with unusual passion not granted to the thousands of closures recently announced by other retailers.On social media, some shoppers reminisced about sharing f...