Wal-Mart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in the US, 2 in MI

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NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market.

There are two Wal-Mart properties in Michigan that are scheduled to close.

They are in southeast Michigan, a Wal-Mart in Hartland and Sam’s Club in Waterford.

The stores are expected to close by Jan. 28.

Wal-Mart operates in 94 locations across the state.

The stores being shuttered account for a fraction of the company’s 11,000 stores worldwide and less than 1 percent of its global revenue.

The closures will affect 16,000 workers, 10,000 of them in the U.S.

The announcement comes three months after its CEO Doug McMillon told investors the world’s largest retailer would review its store fleet in amid increasing competition from all fronts, including from online rival Amazon.com.

In the U.S., 154 locations will be closed, most of them small format stores called Walmart Express, which were launched as a test program in 2011. The remaining 115 locations to close are spread over Latin America, mostly in Brazil.

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