Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, impacting nearly 180 workers.

But the company said it will offer those employees jobs elsewhere if available.

“Our goal is to place as many associates as possible who would like to continue with the company at other nearby locations,” said company spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. “We will be giving impacted associates priority for open positions at other nearby stores. We expect that some associates will transfer to another location and others will take severance and pursue other job opportunities. As we’ve seen with other store closures in the past, the majority of associates who wished to transfer were able to.”

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