Buyer Still Sought For Former Sam’s Club Location

Signs advertising the liquidation of items inside the former Sam’s Club in West Ellicott. A buyer for the location is being sought. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

WEST ELLICOTT — Yellow liquidation signs were recently posted at the former Sam’s Club located at 720 W. Fairmount Ave. The wholesale box chain closed its doors Jan. 27 of this year, about two weeks after the company announced it was shuttering dozens of stores.

The 30-day liquidation sale began on Aug. 27 and will conclude to Sept. 26. The Michigan-based liquidation agency, Liquid Asset Partners, was hired by Walmart Inc. to sell the remaining property inside the facility.

“We’ll be out of the site in a couple of weeks,” said Brittany Tyrrell, a representative for Liquid Asset Partners.

Tyrrell said the timing of the liquidation is a typical timeline for companies like Sam’s Club to follow.

The sale of the West Ellicott property is being handled by the Buffalo-based real estate agency, CBRE. Ellicott town officials were unaware of any developments regarding the property’s potential sale late last week.

Multiple calls to CBRE regarding its plans were not returned.

When the closing of Sam’s Club was announced, Walmart said, “After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing Clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.”

A sign posted on the doors at the time of the closing stated that an initial auction of items, including shelves and equipment, would take place in late April or early May.