The members-only chain first made the announcement Thursday on Twitter after shoppers, employees and municipal officials had confirmed the news.

Besides Wheeling and Naperville, stores are also closing in Streamwood, Romeoville and Matteson, as well as Moline on the western edge of the state, according to the layoff notices the company sent to the state and to authorities in those towns. According to the letters, 1,167 employees are affected.

After the stores close, most employees will be out of work by March 16 and managers out of work in April.

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