Padre Island Highway store one of many to close

BROWNSVILLE — The Walmart Supercenter at 7480 Padre Island Highway in Brownsville is among dozens of locations around the country that will close permanently, according to an announcement from the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant.

The Padre Island Highway location is one of four Walmart locations in Brownsville. The company is closing 29 stores in Texas.

Walmart said it planned to focus on Supercenters (those remaining and those it plans to open), Neighborhood Markets, e-commerce and an expansion of its pickup service.

“The decision to close stores is difficult and we care about the associates who will be impacted,” said Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon.

“We invested considerable time assessing our stores and clubs and don’t take this lightly. We are supporting those impacted with extra pay and support, and we will take all appropriate steps to ensure that they are treated well.”

Despite the closures, Walmart said it planned to open more stores worldwide in the coming year, including 50 to 60 Supercenters and 85 to 95 Neighborhood Markets.

Shoppers at Padre Island Highway store on Friday were surprised to hear about the impending closure.

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