Walmart set to close more stores in Ohio

Kristen Walters

In some parts of Ohio, Walmart shoppers will need to find a different place to buy foods and household supplies.
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Walmart currently has 174 stores located throughout the state. However, soon, that number will be shrinking.

The first Walmart store that is set to close by the end of April is in Cincinnati at 1143 Smiley Avenue in Forest Park. The store currently employs close to 200 people. Those employees will be eligible to transfer to one of the 12 alternative store locations that still remain in the Greater Cincinnati region or beyond if they so choose.

The last day the Forest Park Walmart location will be open is April 22, 2022.

The second Ohio Walmart location that is scheduled to close by the end of May is the Mayfield Heights store located at 6594 Mayfield Road, just off of Interstate 271. The 187 employees who currently work at this Walmart location will also be eligible to transfer to other stores in the area if they choose to do so.

In both cases, Walmart's corporate office reported that the decision to close these locations was made after an internal review process determined that the stores were not meeting their financial goals.

The Mayor of Cleveland Heights told local reporters that the Walmart location was also busy with customers, so he's not exactly sure what the performance metrics are for making the decision to close a store.

Mayor DiCicco also mentioned that these locations are often hard to fill after large "big box" stores like Walmart or Kmart leave. So while the city will work to find a replacement tenant for the empty Walmart location, it may not be easy.

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