WARWICK, R.I. -- Retail giant Wal-Mart will close its Sam's Club store in Warwick next month "with the intent to rebuild" it.
The Bentonville, Ark., company said Sunday it will close the store at 25 Pace Blvd., off Bald Hill Road in Warwick, on Feb. 7. The store, which opened in 1994, is the only Sam's Club in Rhode Island. It employs 113 full- and part-time employees. The workers will be given 60 days' pay, plus severance, after the closing.
The company plans to renovate the store, it said, but has not gotten permits yet. It gave no date for a reopening.
Meanwhile, another discount retailer is struggling to reopen its outlet farther north on busy Bald Hill Rd. Building 19, at 155 Bald Hill Rd. in Cranston, has been closed almost continually since last March, when the historic spring flood swamped the area.
It took the Massachusetts company months to clean, repair and restock the store, said owner Jerry Ellis, only to have its roof begin leaking about a week after it reopened. Getting the problem fixed has been "complex," Ellis said, as it involves negotiations between his company, which leases the building; the landlord; a property manager and contractors. In the meantime, about 40 Building 19 workers are essentially idled until the store reopens. That could come within a month.
Also in Cranston, where Route 2 becomes Reservoir Avenue, women's clothing retailer Anthropologie will open a 12,200-square-foot store in late February at the Garden City Center.