Friday, January 15, 2016

Walmart closing superstore in McDowell County

The largest private employer in the Mountain State says it’s closing one of its locations.

Walmart announced plans Friday to close more than 250 under-performing stores worldwide with more than half of those in the U.S. The list includes the superstore in the McDowell County community of Kimble.

The McDowell County Commission got a call from Walmart Friday morning. The commission planned to meeting in emergency session Friday afternoon to see if anything could be done. They call the announcement a blow to the county that will cost a lot of jobs.

Walmart plans to close the store Jan. 28.

Walmart said in a statement it hoped to relocate employees to a nearby store but realized that may not be possible in some cases.

“Where that isn’t possible, the company will provide 60 days of pay and, if eligible, severance, as well as resume and interview skills training. Whether with Walmart or elsewhere, the company’s objective is to help all associates find their next job opportunity,” the company said.