Wal-Mart workers and shoppers in Brandon are dealing with a shock.
The Wal-Mart at 1208 E. Brandon Boulevard closed Monday.
Due to an ongoing plumbing issue, management decided to close the store for at least six months. Four other Wal-Marts across the country are closing because of similar plumbing problems.
About 400 full-time and part-time store employees are being impacted. Those employees are eligible to transfer to other stores. If no openings are available, workers will receive severance pay.
Customers continued to show up at the store on Tuesday, unaware of the closing. The store's pharmacy will continue filling prescriptions for another two weeks.
“That's really weird, why six months for plumbing issues? I dunno must be some serious plumbing issues,” said customer, Bobby Lee.
“I don't understand. I've never seen an issue here. It's kind of scary, I don't know why they're closing like—immediately,” said Melissa Warnell, customer.
Company officials did not go into detail about the plumbing issue, saying the problems relate to clogs and water leaks in "critical parts" of the building that is impacting service.
The store's most recent inspection records received a passing grade-- with no mention of any leaks or clogs. A company spokesperson declined to talk about exactly what renovations the store will undergo while it's closed.
A Wal-Mart official issued a statement on Monday:
"We will immediately begin the process to address these issues and intend to reopen the store as soon as all of the plumbing issues are resolved," said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg in a statement. "Deciding to close a store is not a decision we make lightly, but after careful consideration, we felt it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run."