Walmart customers are furious over the company’s decision to shut a store in southwest Louisville
The retail giant intends to close the location by April 22 and new store hours between 7am and 7pm have come into effect until its closure.
Walmart Auto Care Centers has already closed, and refunds are no longer accepted.
From March 31, the store is offering a going out of the business sale.
The Walmart, which was once a bustling shopping center, now has nearly as much empty space as it does tenants.
A barbershop, two fast-food restaurants, a locksmith, a tax preparation office, a nail salon, and a petrol station are the remaining enterprises.
Louisville has eight Walmart Supercenters and three Walmart Neighborhood Markets and all workers in the store were given the option to transfer to other sites.
Gail Crutcher, a Walmart customer said: “I’m making a return today. Now I’m going to have to go to Dixie Highway with something like that — it’s going to be a trip. But I have transportation many people don’t have.”
The Walmart on Raggard Road is close to Shively and borders Pleasure Ridge Park.
Customers and the Dixie Area Business Association regard Walmart’s impending exit as a big setback for an area that already lacks sufficient grocery stores jobs
The store remained fully stocked and well-kept the next day after Monday’s news that it would be closing after a 14-year run.
A Walmart spokesperson confirmed the closure to WDRB, saying: “The decision is based on several factors, including historic and current financial performance, and is in line with the threshold that guides our strategy to close underperforming locations.”
Jason “JB” Brown, president of the Dixie Area Business Association said: “You know we’re really trying to grow things here, make it a better place for people to live and thrive and you feel bad, first of all, for the people that lose their jobs when something closes,”