Walmarts in Honolulu and Maui are closing due to high water levels, a high number of complaints from customers and an ongoing drought, and other factors.
Walmamps in the Pacific Northwest are also closing due the same concerns.
“Walmart is a huge company,” said Greg McQuillan, vice president of marketing for Walmart.
“I mean it is a big business.
But there is a certain level of pressure on it, especially for the last year.
And that’s why it’s a big deal.”
Walmart has not provided an exact number of stores that will be closing.
McQuiller says that while the company has about 1,500 stores in Hawaii and about 700 in the Washington area, that number is far from final.
Walmart will be working with the state and local governments to figure out how it will manage those stores, McQuilling said.
McQuilling also said that there are some stores that are already closed that have a different set of issues.
“They are not being sold, but they’re not being serviced.
They’re being maintained,” McQuillian said.
“We’re working on it.”
McGuillan said that the company is also making progress in the Maui area, which is home to about 40 percent of Walmart’s global retail sales.
Maui stores are slated to open in 2018, while Honolulu stores are set to open by 2021.
In addition to the MauIan stores, Walmart is closing some stores in the Oregon and Washington states as well, including in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
A Walmart spokesperson said that about a dozen locations in Washington are also in the process of closing.
According to McQuills company, Walmills goal is to remain open throughout the year.
Walmills annual profit for 2017 was $3.9 billion.
The company said that its first-quarter earnings fell $3 million, or $0.02 per share, compared with a year ago.
That was due to a lower-than-expected profit from its U.S. stores, and a $1.1 billion decrease in total revenue.