San Diego was spared when Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced Friday it will close 154 locations across the United States.
Seven of those stores are in Southern California, primarily in Los Angeles county, with most slated to close Jan. 28.
“These closings do not include any stores in San Diego County,” a company spokesperson confirmed.
The closings primarily affect the retailer’s smaller-format Walmart Express outlets, with 102 slated for closing. But some Neighborhood Markets and Supercenters will also be closed.
“Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO.
He noted that the company still plans to open more than 300 stores around the world over the next year.
The closings will affect about 10,000 employees in the United States.
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