The Loveland store on Fields-Ertel Road and the Oakley store on Marburg Avenue both permanently closed Thursday, according to spokesperson Anne Hatfield.
Walmart attributed the pay increase to the recent tax reform bill.
However, while customers will be able to use their membership cards at other area Sam's Club stores, some members are already grumbling about the distance that will involve.
Margeret Yanchek of Warren County said "we just renewed our membership to the Fields Ertel store (Loveland), so no way will I be driving to a store farther away." For her and other shoppers in the Kings Island vicinity, their 10 minute drive to Sam's will now be a 30 minute drive to either Tri-County or Withamsville.
Mike Jackson of Oakley is also unhappy, telling us he just renewed his membership, and the Oakley store closing means his 5 minute drive will now be a 30 minute drive to the Western Hills/North Bend Road store.