Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland Walmart will be closing their doors for at least six months starting on Monday night.

Walmart representatives tell NewsWest 9, it's because of plumbing issues.

Employees at the Walmart store on Midland Drive weren't told until 2 p.m. Monday afternoon that they won't be going back to work on Tuesday.

Also, not all 400 employees will keep their jobs.

"Deciding to close the store is not a decision we make lightly but after careful consideration, we thought it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run."

Company representatives confirm that some workers will be reassigned to the Walmart on Rankin Highway or one of their locations in Odessa.

They couldn't tell NewsWest 9 how many of the 400 Midland Drive employees would be transferred.

The employees who don't get transferred will get 60 days of pay and severance if it applies. After that, they can reapply to Walmart or find another job.

Walmart Representative, Bill Wertz, says they aim to take care of all plumbing issues and re-open their Midland Drive location by October.