Walmart is shuttering one of its South Carolina supercenters as a result of underperforming sales, but the closing is not indicative of a broader issue with the multinational retail chain, Phillip Keene, senior director of Walmart global corporate communications, said.
The store, located at 1326 Bush River Road, will close Feb. 5. The pharmacy will close Jan. 22.
The decision was based on several factors, including financial history, but aligned with Walmart’s strategy to close underperforming locations, according to a statement provided by Keene. In the upcoming weeks, the store will hold clearance sales to sell off merchandise.
Associates who want to remain with Walmart will have the option to transfer to another location.
“We have been, and will continue to be, supportive of our store leadership and associates at our Bush River Road store. This decision is in no way a reflection of their hard work and customer service,” the company said in the statement.
Walmart continues to employ thousands of associates in and around Columbia at 10 Walmart Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Clubs and remains “deeply invested” in the city, according to the release.