“Hourly associates will continue receiving compensation for 60 days while they look for other opportunities in nearby clubs or Walmart stores,” she said.

“We don’t take this lightly and decisions like these are incredibly difficult,” Walmart spokesperson Amy Wyatt-Moore said about the closing of the Lithonia store. “This decision is based on a number of factors, including financial performance.”

Walmart also said it would offer financial help to full-time hourly and salaried employees who are seeking to adopt children.

“How does a corporation close a store in a city that’s doing very well and they don’t even let employees know about it,” Mayor Jason Lary said.

The Lithonia store is one of 63 closing around the country. reports that of those locations, about 50 will be going out of business for good. Some locations closed Thursday while the remainder will be shuttered over the next three to four weeks, a Walmart official said.

Walmart’s wage increase will take effect in February. Walmart said the one-time bonuses would cost the company $400 million and will be based on length of service. Employees who have worked for at least 20 years will get the full $1,000.

The changes in parental leave put salaried and hourly workers on the same footing.

Walmart is also increasing its paid leave policy for new fathers and non-birthing mothers to six weeks at full pay for full-time hourly workers. Previously, the company didn’t offer any paid leave for them.

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