Walmart shoppers in some parts of Washington state will need to find an alternative place to buy food and other household essentials.
As Walmart seeks to ramp up offerings in many parts of the country, some stores in Washington are closing their doors for good. On April 22, the Walmart store location at SE 41st Pl. in Bellvue will no longer be open to customers.
According to reports, the decision to close the store permanently was made based on the location's financial performance over the last couple of years.
Employees who currently work at the store will be given an opportunity to transfer to another store location and may have access to Walmart's new long-haul truck driver training program in the near future.
The new 12-week training program was announced earlier today as Walmart put out a public notice that it is actively seeking to add 400 to 800 new long-haul drivers to its fleet by the end of the year. New drivers will make $110,000 in their first year. The training program is currently being offered to a select group of supply chain associates. But there are plans to expand the program to all Walmart employees soo.
While new job opportunities seem to abound these days, it should not discount that those living in the Bellvue area will soon be forced to find another store to shop at once Walmart closes.
Many consumers rely on Walmart's low prices to get the items they need while staying within their budget. Now they will need to look to other nearby stores such as Whole Foods, Safeway, Trader Joe's, and others to get what they need.