City stunned: Raymondville residents struggle with store’s closure

RAYMONDVILLE — When April Torres has her baby, she and her boyfriend won’t have their jobs at Walmart.

On Friday, Walmart will close its Raymondville store, laying off Torres, her boyfriend Efrain Coronado and about 110 other employees.

“Everyone is devastated,” Torres, who’s seven months pregnant, said as she had lunch at Las Mañanitas restaurant in Raymondville.

For more than a year, she’s been making $9 an hour as a cashier, working nearly 40 hours a week to pay her rent and make her car payment.

Walmart officials asked her if she’s willing to transfer to another Rio Grande Valley store. But a job might not open, said Torres, who said the company will pay her wages for two months after the store closes.

Across Willacy County, residents remain stunned Walmart is closing the Supercenter about 10 months after the Willacy County Correctional Center shut down, laying off 400 employees.

“Now where am I going to work?” Torres asked.

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