Dozens of customers drove away from the Walmart, located near the intersection of Paramount and Washington Boulevard, confused about the sudden closure of the store Tuesday. A note on the front door saying the facility is closed for "maintenance and upgrades," Monday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m.
A Walmart spokesperson says approximately 530 store employees will be out of work. During that time the spokesperson says the employees will have 60 paid days to find another job within the company. If they can't find work by then they may be eligible for severance pay.
Walmart will re-open the store once all the plumbing problems are fixed, which could take six months or longer.
Employees say they're not very happy at the announcement saying they were given a five-hour notice that eh store would be closed.
Carmen Buenrostro stopped by around 8a.m. and was upset to find the store close. She tells FOX 11's Christine O'Donnell she's worried about her friends who work at the store.
"I think it's horrible because people have families and bills to pay and I know Walmart doesn't really care, ya know they're just thinking about themselves. I feel bad for the people who are working here. I can't imagine. I'd be terrified right now, my bills, you think how am i going to pay next months rent. There's a lot of older people who work here, this is families only checks they rely on, it's horrible," Buenrostro said.
Walmart says the Pico Rivera location is one of five Walmart's across the nation being shut down for plumbing related issues. The other store location are in Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.
The spokesperson tells us the "plumbing issues" have been "persistent and "ongoing." They say there have been more than 100 hundred "leaks and clogs" during the past two years.
The "paid days' will match the employees current compensation and benefits. Once the store reopens Walmart will start hiring for "all positions." No positions will be promised to previous employees.
As for the goods inside the store, the perishables will be donated to the LA Food Bank.The other items will be distributed to other Walmart stores.
The pharmacy will remain open until April 27th. Customers will have to use the fire exit at the side of the store to get their prescriptions. Afterward, the pharmacy will move to 4635 Firestone Blvd, Southgate, CA. If you have any questions call 323-282-4802.
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