Are the Nationwide Walmart Closures Connected to Detention Centers for American Citizens?

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Editor’s Note: The comment has been made that readying a Walmart location for this kind of situation could easily be covered by the excuse that there are plumbing issues… Guess we will keep watch for more sudden closures.

At least five Walmart stores throughout the country have announced that they are closing for up to six months due to plumbing issues.

Stores in California, Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma closed Tuesday with little to no warning, in some cases without even letting the city know, leaving thousands of people without jobs Walmart claims employees can move to another store) and sparking widespread theories as to the real reason for the abrupt closures.

The SGV Tribune in California reported:

Walmart announced Monday that it is temporarily closing its Pico Rivera supercenter on Washington Boulevard due to plumbing problems but City Manager Rene Bobadilla said a union official told him that all 530 employees have been laid off.


James Enriquez, the city’s public works director, said officials have not been notified of plumbing issues at the store. The company would be required to pull permits before undertaking extensive work.

“If I were a property owner I’d want to make sure my store was closed as little as possible,” Enriquez said. “I would want a permit to be in place the day I was going to close — but we haven’t received anything.”

An article in the Tampa Bay Tribune included a vague statement from Walmart that has already been disputed by local shoppers and contractors that have worked at Wal-Mart stores in the past.

Company officials would not describe the issue with the plumbing, but Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amanda Hennenberg issued a statement, saying:

“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. 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.”

Wal-Mart officials said the problem cropped up with clogs and leaks in plumbing that affected availability of water and drainage around the store.

Employees who work at the Brandon site can seek a transfer to another store if a similar job opening is available. Otherwise, they will be paid for 60 days of work, in accordance with state labor laws.

As noted in an article, an electrician who has done work in Walmart stores in the past questioned the vague reasons given by management for the closures.

“I’m an electrician and I used to work for a company that did repairs at Walmart’s, they make the contractors jump through hoops so they do not have to shut down or cause any inconvenience.”

“If it really was a plumbing issue, they would build completely new restrooms first then repair any issue afterwards. Also, knowing Walmart’s timelines, there is no way in hell any contractors would have 6 months to complete any repair project.”

Another comment posted in response to an article about the Walmart closure in Livingston, Texas disputed the reasoning for the closing. (Quote slightly edited for clarity)

“There is more to this story, this makes no sense. Since 1995 this store has had plumbing issues, this store has had several remodels where plumbing was worked on yet it stayed open. Within the past year this store has went down hill quick, worst management I’ve ever seen, RUDEST associates I’ve ever seen, dirtiest store I’ve ever seen.”

“The thing that really makes no sense is corporate spent all that money putting in gas pumps and there going to close it down. Bentonville is not going to take that kind of loss.”

Reasons for the closures include Walmart’s official reason, major building code violations, and decontamination of radioactive food from Fukushima. Although some in alternative media have brushed aside possible connections to Jade Helm and martial law, the random closing of multiple massive stores at the same time as the run up to Jade Helm deserves, at the very least, closer examination.

The closures may end up being nothing more than simple plumbing issues but when you consider FEMA’s past statements and documented plans to use large, empty department stores as holding centers in the event of widespread social unrest or a massive influx of immigrants, they take on a more sinister meaning.

In a report published in July 2014 on, Shepard Ambellas outlined a plan by the Department of Defense and FEMA to use, “abandoned or unused department stores, shopping malls and warehouses as camps to accommodate the mass human influx from South America.”

New Republics Lauren Markham also reported:

FEMA Wants to House Migrant Children in Empty Big Box Stores

In recent weeks, FEMA representatives have sent mass emails to advocacy networks throughout the country soliciting potential detention facilities and offering guidelines for acceptable spaces.

The guidelines include being “Within 50 miles of major city (Pop ~200K)/airport; available for lease; able to be fenced or have adequate security.” Showers and toilets are preferable, according to the guidelines, but not necessaryso long as there is outdoor space for “staging areas for shower/restroom/laundry/kitchen trailers, etc.”

Also preferred but not necessary, according to the email, is a kitchen, a cafeteria, recreational space, and classroom space. Suggestions for potentially workable locations? “Office space, warehouse, big box store, shopping mall with interior concourse, event venues, hotel or dorms, aircraft hangers”provided that they are vacant and able to be leased.

Since the failures of Hurricane Katrina, faith in FEMA to adequately respond to large-scale crisis situations has remained shaky at best. These pleas for empty big box stores do not restore much confidence.

Although FEMA has used a massive influx of immigrants as the reason for needing detention centers, their power to control the entire country in the event of a martial law scenario could easily lead them to use the centers for American citizens.

Shepard also dug up a 2008 thread on the conspiracy website Above Top Secret that noted how Walmart had received at least 1 billion in government subsidies.

I started thinking the other day about the theories out there about the government building detention centers to hold citizens who might cause trouble when martial law is declared.

I then remembered seeing something about Wal-Mart closing down stores. I started to search around and have decided that there might be a possibility that these ideas are tied together. These are old figures but should be enough to get the discussion going.

CNN Money back on May 24, 2004 had an article about a watchdog group reporting Wal-Mart had received about 1 Billion dollars in government subsidies to expand their business, building stores, buying property and such.

That is a decent amount of money that Wal-Mart is getting to increase the number of stores across the country.

Wal-Mart also has a habit of closing down stores and then building new stores in other cities and towns. They still own these closed stores and usually put them up for lease or sale but very few actually get leased or sold because they are too big and cost too much for most businesses to use.

On average as of March 2005 Wal-Mart had about 350 empty stores across the U.S with a combined total area of about 26.7 million sq ft.

The fact that Wal-Mart has worked hand in hand with the Department of Homeland Security in the past is what lead many to question the store closings in the first place. This history includes the infamous see something say something campaign launched by the former Homeland Security secretary known affectionately as “Big Sis.”


In December 2010, then Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made waves with her announcement of a partnership between DHS and Walmart. Comparing the announcement to 1984, many saw this as one of the largest retailers in the country joining with the government to promote spying on your neighbors.

A press release praising the partnership detailed how a DHS produced video would now play at the checkout lines of over 200 stores.

Secretary Napolitano has teamed up with the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, to promote the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.

Beginning today, more than 230 Walmart stores will play this video at select checkout lanes. In the coming weeks, a total of 588 stores will show the video featuring Secretary Napolitano reminding shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.

“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe” the Secretary said today, adding “I applaud Walmart for joining the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign. This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign is our way of engaging and empowering the public and key front line employees to take an active role in identifying and reporting indicators of terrorism, crime, and threats.

As the busy holiday shopping season ramps up, this video will serve as a dynamic way to encourage the public to remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping our country safe.

Although clearly Walmart has been willing to work closely with the government in the past and FEMA absolutely does have the executive power to take over any store they want, many will undoubtedly consider this mere conspiracy theory or fear mongering due to lack of direct evidence. But is asking questions and putting together connections really a bad thing?

The planned use of large shopping centers as well as sports stadiums to house immigrants or citizens during a major crisis has a long, documented history. The only question that remains now is when or if their planned use will become a reality.

Read more coverage of Jade Helm 2015 here

Fed. Gov. actively seeking role-players for simulation; relocation of U.S. citizenry to detention camps ahead of impending martial law?

Additional Sources:

Livingston Walmart closing for 6 months, displacing 400 workers – KTRE

North Midland Walmart Closing For At Least Six Months – NorthWest9

Plumbing Issues Temporarily Close Walmart At Admiral And Memorial – NewsOne6

1984 Arrives in America – Drudge Report

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  • Do those eeeeevil globalists own Walleye World? Let’s just hope the shelves are stocked while being FEMA OVEN CAMP indoctrinated

  • CharlesH

    I’m not buying into any conspiracy theory here. Plumbing issues could be real, we don’t know yet – 1st sign they’re legitimate is when Walmart applies for work permits from local jurisdictions. Walmart has shut down unprofitable stores in the past. One has to wonder how much pilferage from a store it takes before Walmart throws in the towel.
    Some locations are in or very near high crime/very low income areas. Walmart is in business to make money – not lose it hand over fist.

    • petercrissgirl1972

      I worked for a WM Distribution Center for 15 years, and this company does not close stores for just any reason…I don’t buy this plumbing story. 5 stores close on the same day for the same issue? Sounds a bit far-fetched in my opinion.

      • David in MA

        Sounds like a government excuse.

      • disqus_tKUiAezKl2

        Union busting good enough to close a store?

        • petercrissgirl1972


          • mpow66m

            yup,yes it is.ive seen LTL terminals shutdown rather than unionize.then rhyll reopen in a few years after its blown over.

          • petercrissgirl1972

            As I previously said, I worked in a WM DC for 15 years and have a family member who currently works there (and has since 1994) and the union issue has been beneath the surface for 21 years, NEVER being more to WM than a mere nuisance, a buzzing fly to swat away. You seem to forget the funds available to this company. And you seem to forget that WM has partnered with DHS.

        • GabbyinFlorida

          or get rid of employees demanding 15 bucks an hour in min wage because they wont’ go educate themselves to get a better job so they want to suck off the systems bs of demanding higher wages for doing meaningless task. Get rid of PT workers convenient way to do it.. But most of the walmarts are not stand alone buildings they usually rent in shopping malls?

        • Tom Buyea — Fla.News service

          Yes !!! With that greedy Walmart family, Their hundreds of Billions of dollars are Not enough for them, You probably know but I will remind you that Walmart hands out pamphlets to their employees telling them all the types of government tax payer paid benefits that are available to poor working people like Walmart minimum wage 30 maximum hours a week employees like section-8, food stamps, welfare, Medicaid, etc etc so their poor employees can survive on less than $200 a week take home pay in their trailers !! and keep their bald tires, smoking, bad breaks 1980s car running if

          Sam never ran it like this !!they have a car at all ! ?

    • petercrissgirl1972

      The WM in Midland TX was one of the 10 busiest stores in the country. City Building Official Steve Thorpe advised that the city plumbing inspector went to the WM to offer to help them get the necessary building permits and he was turned away.

    • Americanmommy

      So five walmarts who have no code violations, who work with the Fed. gov. DHS, FEMA, have no permits pulled to start any work on any issues and lay off that many workers with no warning and just happen to be located in states that are conducting jade helm military exercises. hummm

    • archer

      You could be right, if bathroom plumbing were an issue there are portable bathrooms on large trailers with running water etc. that can be used, I’ve seen them before. High pilferage would be a definite reason to close a store, it’s happened many times before with other retailers.

    • petercrissgirl1972

      None of the five stores have applied for plumbing permits. Also of added note to ponder: the Oklahoma Governor set evacuate the Governor’s mansion in Tulsa for 6 months for building repairs.

  • mcian

    Something is afoot… pray it’s not the evil we fear.

    • AtomicMetroid

      I don’t fear it.

      • Dave from San Antonio

        Just have a “healthy respect” for it…

  • Joe Lizak

    If there’s 300 people shopping at my Walmart the place is a zoo. Long lines, rude people, some dressed in the most insane looking clothes. Now tell me? How could you possibly turn a Walmart into some kind of a half ass prison and stuff 1000 people in there. It doesn’t make sense. What makes more sense is Sheriff Joe in Arizona with his massive amounts of tents. Like a tent city surrounded by barbed wire. And a bunch of port-a-johns. Now you can house 5,000 people. Then it makes sense.

    • Jakob

      Could turn it into a FEMA in-processing center…..then load you up in “cattle” trucks……

  • Mike

    I have not seen any closures on the East coast, but there have been a lot of warehouse type buildings going up in the SC and GA areas.

  • Americanmommy

    At the store meeting in Fl. walmart workers were told the Brandon store was being closed immediately due to a sink hole/plumbing problem. No other store locations being closed was mentioned. Did you know that Walmart works with DHS and does facial recognition on people entering Walmart, it goes with their program If you see something say something . Did anyone ask why :Mia Kelly, with a job description that states “Cyber/IO Planner for Exercise JADE HELM at ICE,” from August 2014 to present, showing that from January 2014 to August she was the “Cyber/IO Planner – Jade Helm for the VATC. Why is Jade Helm and mapple resolve happening at similar times? Is our government planning to take down our grid? Why in the congressional hearings that say that parts to fix the grid are made in other nations and if it goes down they can’t get it back up easily , are they not taking the steps to fix our grid, to prepare for what all testimony said would kill off over half of all Americans , are they not taking any actions????

  • wally63

    Whether one takes the “Conspiracy Theory” aspect literally or not, the point to articles like this is to MAKE YOU THINK! In other words, using your brain for something useful vs watching the Jew Tube where your brain is at idle speed. Yes, things like detention centers could happen with the empty Wall Marts. Or maybe not. But, you better start keeping an ear to the ground because TOO MANY strange things are coming out of the District of Criminals for it to be a coincidence.

    • You can see an obvious, large-scale, multi-year, coordinated, planned, strategy being implemented right before your eyes. I still can’t believe people out there don’t see it.

  • wally63

    Like someone below mentioned, they’ve never seen a Wall Mart close down. It’s comparable to the US Mint shutting down the printing presses – not gonna happen. There’s money to be made by the truck loads! Closing isn’t an option. They only reason I am aware of for closing a regular Wall Mart is because they are building a SUPER WALL MART somewhere close by!

  • M Fr Nch

    Imagine FEMA locks up a bunch of americans in some detention facility, those who just happen to have the place surrounded by actually living there or arranging to be there wait a few days maybe a week so the sheep who have been locked up there can realize they were dead wrong and might soon be dead.
    After the sheep have been given time to have a thought for once, they are liberated from the camp. The guards there will have weapons and those can be given to the sheep when they come out along with a simple choice, fight or go your own way and die.
    In this instance the ass hats that only fight for a paycheck and have no real deep desire to win are doing us a favor by showing people that those conspiracies were correct all along.
    There will definitely be some who will join the fight and as this scenario plays out the powers that are peeing their pants will lose their minds which will be very nice and entertaining for the rest of us.
    Fear not, fight on.

  • Defiant

    LOL! This story is BEYOND ludicrous! Why wouldn’t the gub’mint just BUILD detention centers? Ever SEEN the inside of a Walmart? Not exactly divided into cells…

    • Dave from San Antonio

      Who said there “have” to be cells?

    • TAWilliams01

      … exactly what is needed to herd cattle together…what makes you think they care about single cell privacy?

  • Elizabeth Greene

    Which is more likely:

    Wal-Mart has agreed to close a number of stores in collusion with the United Nations so they can be converted to secret Agenda 21 prisoner detention units.

    Wal-Mart has identified a small subset of stores most likely to unionize, and has closed the stores for refurbishment so those groups will disband and find new jobs.

    If it isn’t an actual plumbing/radon/sinkhole/drainage/fire protection/security problem then I suspect the latter far more than the former. This company exists under a microscope and literally cannot keep something that big as a secret.

    • petercrissgirl1972

      Seriously? WM has infinitely deep pockets, WM colluded with DHS, you bet your sweet-sugarplum-flipnut-ass if they WANT to keep something a secret, it will BE a secret.

  • Frank

    No, No, No! The author is REACHING so far into their azz to synthesize so many disparate facts that they are now suffering from Conjoined Cranial-Rectum Condition. WalMart is profit-driven, and EVERYTHING they do is driven by their corporate greed. They may have some agreement with the Gov, but that would be as a paid supplier of goods from their stores in the event of some kind of disaster. The key word being PAID. They open and close stores according to a long-term profitability plan, and Yes, they despise Union meddling – like so many other businesses. Tip for WalMart: Institute an Employee Profit-Sharing program and remove the incentive for employees to unionize to get higher pay. Employees who are Profit-Sharers could be categorized as Management, and play a direct part in increasing the ‘Mart’s bottom line.
    For all of you who think that the Gov is going to incarcerate large numbers of Americans – Why would they do this? All “inmates” will have to be fed, and guarded, etc. which would cost even more money. Instead, bringing the country to chaos and breakdown of social order, for just a brief period of time, will thin the herd considerably – leaving the survivors more compliant….

  • chiliboots

    “…the stores were closed because of worker protests for higher pay.”

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  • MoreThanYou

    Anything that stops people from shopping at Walmart is a good thing

  • gunslinger1964

    I totally agree. I spent 20 years in the electrical field, you don’t close the whole freaking store, just because of some plumbing or electrical problem. I have been in home depot stores where guy’s up on scissor lifts, working on the electrical or the light fixtures, they just rope the area off and keep on working, But they do not close the whole dam store. There is something REALLY FISHY WITH THIS !!

  • David in MA

    Ever consider a “Wal-Mart mosque” assembly center to prepare for the invasion of America from within?

  • disqus_tKUiAezKl2

    Pico Rivera was just about to bring in a union. Same for the others, There has been a lot of protesting for higher wages there. (I got that at It’s union busting, illegal in America. WalMart Billionaires would rather shut down the stores than act like decent human beings.

  • brenda l

    nibiru 2016

  • Brent Gallion

    If Walmart is involved in Jade Helm and the housing of dissidents, there should be a paper trail or e-trail of some sort. The electrician quoted in the article is correct. Corporate won’t close a store unless it’s losing money. If the stores are being used in Jade Helm officials in the military, DHS, FEMA and Walmart will know. Hackers should have no problem hacking corporate Walmart emails to prove such.

  • Steve smith

    According to reports as of 4/17/15, the closures are about union busting and nothing more.

    The stores that were closed are the ones with the most activity by the workers to get higher pay.

    It has nothing to do with detention centers or new world order activity. But it could…….if………….think so.

  • mpow66m

    arent these the stores that protested for higher pay?they are scared of unionazation so theyre closing them til it blows over.

    • FalconMoose

      I have heard this.

  • shavager

    PEOPLE, I heard a report from someone who says he was tipped off by someone in Federal government that the DHS and NSA are working with 5 WALMART stores, closed for estimated six months for “plumbing problems” in centrally located positions around the U.S., as being used for tunnels and bunkers for storing military supplies and location for soldiers to be stationed in event of nuclear attack. These would be underground instead of typical National Guard armories or bases above ground, that’s what the explanation was for why these stores just immediately shut the doors without reasons or notices to employees or communities. Don’t know how much truth there is to it but NOTHING good will come from Obama negotiating with Iran on nuclear weapons–he’s on THEIR SIDE, NOT OURS! Obama–FRIEND OF OUR ENEMIES AND ENEMY OF OUR FRIENDS!

    • elfmom55

      Walmart tunnels: joint venture with DHS, NSA, DoD

      • shavager

        You got it elfmom55, that’s exactly what I heard only it came from a website backed up with the same video! I wouldn’t trust anybody in DC, much less a marxist muslim traitor who’s more interested in shipping in more muslims and ILLEGALS than he is representing the American people.

  • Pico Rivera, Calif, is in a large metro area. The others aren’t quite as
    big, but 2 are good-sized cities (in FL and OK.). The two in Texas
    are over 400 miles apart.

    These locations are well-spaced across the southern part of the country. Maybe they’re not worried about the libs in the north.

  • Dave from San Antonio

    Are the Nationwide Walmart Closures Connected to Detention Centers for American Citizens?
    Ahhhh…could be…never know with this corrupt administration.

    • FalconMoose

      It’s logical thinking, Dave. How are things on the River Walk? I was last in San Antone in 1971.

      • Dave from San Antonio

        Expensive…as usual…;)

  • GabbyinFlorida

    Doesn’t China own Walmart stock. WE pay them interest on borrowed money to the usa for them to give to the welfare freaks and low life of this nation so idiot folks can go in there and buy their imported cheap crap from China. OF course they are manipulated by the govt. and part of a bigger picture. jmho

  • TAWilliams01

    These comments show a blaseness to perception…not acknowledging gorilla waving his arms in front of their vision, which is the essence to note articles pointing to…government is hidden behind the illusions expressed in comments…hope we will be prepared enough for the shock! All the argument reasons are valid, but these are not what the government care about…that should make hairs stand on end.

  • TAWilliams01

    Walmart doesn’t care…they have income flow from government subsidies tax wise, employee poverty program, support for senior’s, vets, and handicap etc. Think of all the space outside…lots of room for herding, they won’t be concerned about citizen comfort…corporations are buying up water rights, state laws forbid trapping water on your own property.

  • petercrissgirl1972

    Hi Smooze, this is certainly an interesting “coincidence”…The OK governor is “evacuating” the Governor’s mansion for 6 months as the building undergoes repairs.

  • Ca77andra

    I wish people would stop using the term “conspiracy theory” and call it what it is: critical thinking. Something that hasn’t been taught in our schools for decades.