I'm not surprised with the two that are closing in my state. Both in areas with a lot of competition.
When I was working in a national security related field, they routinely laid off government contractors by having a guard and HR person with boxes show up. You packed your stuff and were escorted out. The idea was that then you couldn't take anything you weren't supposed to have or do anything you weren't supposed to do. They also offered 60 days of pay. They also fired people the same way.
When my position in the federal government was eliminated, I actually knew I was on the list six months before and then a month before the packets went out. They had job fairs and nearly all of the people were either gone or well along in the hiring process by the time the deadline hit. Thankfully the government was doing a lot of hiring then. Different situation than Sam's.
this was how dd was laid off from a major corporation. notice she was being laid off, and she didn't need to come back. though I don't think they had her escorted out. she was able to go back and visit (her badge was still active for 60 days, and they provided job hunting services. she actually ended up with a better job than the one she left.)
she got her 60 days severance, and her boss kept looking for places he could put her so he didn't have to let her go. (it was a much loathed higher up who made the decision to h1b her position.)
I want to know where you people are that have a self-checkout at costco . . .. I regularly get to five different costcos in the seattle area (not including the two business centers to which dh occasionally drags me), and none do. (I grew up in kirkland, and my eye dr was in bear creek in redmond.)