Cleared out: Raymondville Walmart shutters its doors

RAYMONDVILLE — A crane plucked big neon letters from the walls yesterday.

It was just one sign signifying the closure of Walmart’s Raymondville store, in the process of laying off 149 employees.

But there’s some OK news.

The world’s largest retailer has offered transfers to other Walmart stores to 90 percent of employees here, Workforce Solutions spokeswoman Laura Cavazos said yesterday.

However, officials have not determined the number of employees who have accepted Walmart’s jobs nor the jobs’ locations.

Cavazos said Workforce Solutions also will hold a job fair Feb. 4 to help laid-off employees find work.

Locals were still talking about the closure and its impact.

“I knew quite a few people who worked there,” Philip Nyquist said yesterday morning as he pumped gas at the Murphy USA station on Walmart’s bare parking lot. “It really hurts a lot of people around here.”

The store’s closing comes about 10 months after the Willacy County Correctional Center shut down, laying off 400 employees.

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