BJ's to laid-off Sam's Club employees: We're hiring

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BJ’s Wholesale Club has a message for employees who got laid off from Sam’s Club: Come work for us.

The warehouse retailer issued the statement in response to news that the Walmart-owned Sam’s Club is shutting down stores. Walmart is closing 63 locations throughout the country, leaving those workers without jobs.

“[We’ve] had numerous inquiries from Sam’s Club employees,” BJ’s said in a statement. “BJ’s Wholesale Club is hiring, and anyone interested in joining our team can go to or visit their local club.”

BJ’s, a membership chain like Sam’s Club and Costco, also said that it has “had an immediate increase in Sam’s Club members joining BJ’s Wholesale Club.”

BJ’s operates 180 stores in in 15 states.

In October, BJ's announced its plans to open its first location in the Roanoke Valley.

The Roanoke Valley BJ's location is scheduled to open in 2018.