Looking at what's next for the Sam's location

The city is beginning to look at possibilities

Moline, Illinois - It was a rush on Sam's Club in Moline the day after its closure was announced.

The parking lot was packed with customers.

It comes after Walmart announced it was one of more than 60 Sam's Club locations going out of business.

The abrupt closure took a lot of people by surprise. 

It will close for good Jan. 26.

 The closure is something the 155 employees are still struggling to process.

One employee says he learned about the closure through a letter dropped off by a delivery service before learning from the store.

Customers say besides the store being packed and long lines at the checkout, they praised the workers for doing a good job.

They say that's among the hardest part of losing the store is knowing that it will mean so many without employment. 

Customer Mike Krueger said, "I felt bad for them, and I'm hoping that many of them will be able to be able to relocate to the other Sam's across the river or hopefully something."

Moline Planning & Development Director Ray Forsythe said, "Those jobs are important, but also it's a key piece of property, and we worked really hard to get Sam's Club here and obviously a little distrusting when we first found out, but I guess that the pain is less that there's 63 other stores that they close."

Forsythe says they are now working to find a new tenant for the location with their recruiter.

He says the city hopes this doesn't overshadow the other development the city is seeing.

Forsythe said, "Obviously we try to diversify our downtown, so we have a really good daytime population with our office users. The IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union is starting construction in March. That's going to bring 220 new employees to downtown.

"We've got the Marriott Hotel under redevelopment with Heart of America. The train station's about ready to open in the Element Hotel. We have some other retail coming. There's an apartment complex under review right now in the former Collectors Center lot," Forsythe added of the downtown.

Elsewhere, he said, "The Mills Chevrolet site is being redeveloped into between nine and eleven new retail and restaurant tenants."


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