CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Sam’s Club will close, officials confirmed Thursday.
Delia Garcia, a spokeswoman with the Walmart Inc. corporate office, said the store will close Jan. 26.
Financial performance was cited as the main reason for the closure, which Garcia said was part of a larger assessment of the company. Nationwide, Walmart said Thursday it was closing 63 Sam’s Clubs over the next week, with some shut already.
Garcia did not have an exact number of employees who work at the Casa Grande Sam’s Club, but said the average is 150 associates per store.
The Walmart in Casa Grande isn’t affected. There are more than 5,400 Walmart stores nationwide and 597 Sam’s Club locations following Thursday’s announcement.
Garcia told PinalCentral the Casa Grande Sam’s Club will look at “price reductions” as the store closes. Exact percentages of discounts weren’t released.
January is proving to be a rough month for business closures in Casa Grande, with the Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant closing permanently after Sunday, and Kmart’s last day in operation Jan. 28.
These two Sam's Club stores will close in Arizona:
2425 E Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194
5757 E State Route 69, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Casa Grande RC Flyers Makes Major Field Improvement
The Casa Grande RC Flyers recently added a much requested addition to their airfield which is across from the public and police shooting ranges at 2725 S. Isom Road in Casa Grande. Thanks to the city that provided and installed a large flag pole at the field, the club purchased a remote access weather station. This station allows pilots, police and individual shooters, to view the actual current weather conditions at that location. The club agreed to support and maintains this weather station for the city, as a “thank you” for the cities continued support.
The station, manufactured by Davis Instruments, will give users current weather data on the web site, WeatherLink.com and on a Smartphone application, WeatherLink 2.0. Now, area pilots can see the actual wind speed and direction, which is important for flying, before they leave their home. Temperature, humidity and rainfall amounts are also given. Although not as critical, the information is available to all recreational users of the area including the Skeet & Trap club down the road.
The weather station is just the first of several improvements the club plans to make in the coming months. On their agenda are sun shades for the pilot tables and another runway. All the recent improvements are a result of the large increase in membership from the entire area. Besides Casa Grande, members have joined from as far as Tucson, Florence and Sun Lakes. Their reason for joining the club include the club’s activities, great facilities as recognized by the Academy Of Model Aeronautics (AMA) who awarded the Casa Grande RC Flyers their highest club honor, naming them a Gold Level Leader club, and welcoming membership . That AMA honor also recognized the community service through the club’s charitable activities and their involvement with area youths through the schools and 4-H clubs.
The Casa Grande RC Flyers welcomes area residents to visit and watch the flying which takes place most Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings around 10:00 AM during the winter season. The club’s certified instructors offer free model flying lessons to those interested in participating in this fun hobby. The club will also hold another Air Show on March 10, 2018, benefitting the Casa Grande Food Bank. Information about the club and directions to their field can be found on the club web site, www.CasaGrandeRCFlyers.com