Sam's West, Inc. (working as Sam's Club) is an American chain of membership-only retail stockroom clubs owned and run by Walmart Inc., established in 1983 as well as named after Walmart founder Sam Walton. Since January 31, 2019, Sam's Club ranks 2nd in sales volume amongst storehouse clubs with $57.839 billion in sales (in 2019) behind competing Costco Wholesale.
Its significant competitors are Costco Wholesale and also BJ's Wholesale Club.
Since January 31, 2021, Sam's Club runs 599 subscription stockroom clubs in the United States in 44 states, Puerto Rico and also the U.S Virgin Islands. The only states where Sam's Club does not run are Alaska (all three areas because state enclosed 2018 as part of a plan to close 63 clubs), Massachusetts (its last staying area in that state, located in Worcester, enclosed 2018 as part of a strategy to close 63 clubs), Oregon, Rhode Island (the state's just location, in Warwick, enclosed 2016 as part of a strategy to close 269 shops internationally, including four UNITED STATE clubs), Vermont, and Washington (all 3 places in that state closed in 2018 as part of a plan to shut 63 clubs), as well as the District of Columbia. Walmart International additionally runs Sam's Club shops in Mexico and China. It has 164 places in Mexico, as well as 31 in China. Grupo Big, formerly Walmart Brazil, which was de-consolidated from Walmart in August 2018, also operates Sam's Clubs in Brazil. Places normally vary in size from 32,000-- 168,000 sq ft (3,000-- 15,600 m2), with an average club size of around 134,000 sq ft (12,400 m2).
On January 11, 2018, Sam's Club announced the irreversible closure of choose shops. In a number of cases, workers showed up to work as well as discovered the doors secured and also a notification stating that the store would certainly quickly be liquidated. Walmart eventually informed Company Expert that 63 Sam's Club stores would begin selling off across the nation, consisting of in Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Texas.
According to Business Insider, Sam's Club closings and also strategies to convert some stores into e-commerce gratification centers as introduced in January 2018 become part of Walmart's expanding dedication to internet selling that will allow it to far better take on rival Amazon.com.