- Associated Press - Friday, January 15, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Seven Walmart Express stores are slated to close by the end of the month as part of the retailer’s plan to close 269 locations companywide.

The announcement came Friday three month after CEO Doug McMillon told investors Wal-Mart would review its store fleet amid increasing competition from all fronts, including online rival Amazon.com.

Walmart Express stores in Ellaville, Alma, Asburn, Pelham, Donalsonville, Pearson and Lakeland are expected to close on Jan. 28. The small stores were part of a test concept that Walmart launched in 2011.

Wal-Mart officials said in a statement that the closures will impact about 10,000 American workers and 16,000 employees companywide.

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