As of April 2015, five Walmart stores that are located in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and California were temporarily closed for a six-month period. The California location was located in the city of Pico Rivera, while the two Texas locations are in Livingston and Midland.
These five Walmart locations were reportedly closed due to plumbing problems and resulted in approximately 2,200 employees being laid off. Employees stated they were given only a few hour's notice of the closure. Walmart is providing all of the affected employees with two full months of paid leave, after which full-time workers can apply for severance or transfer to a different Walmart branch.
At the time of the stores' closing, no permits had been applied for any plumbing repair work. Statements from Marilyn Sutton, the Livingston City Manager, indicate that Walmart is taking time to determine what kind of plumbing repairs are needed before applying for a permit in Livingston. A similar stance was echoed by an official of Pico Rivera that indicates that the city has not received any building repair permit request from Walmart.
A Walmart spokesman stated that no permit requests were filed during the stores' closing as the company does not know the extent of how much repair or upgrade work is necessary prior to reopening.