American multinational retail corporation Wal-Mart is reportedly set to reopen five stores in the US in October or November.
The five stores to be reopened are located in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and California.
The stores closure, which was announced by the company in April, led to filing of a complaint by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) with the National Labor Relations Board.
The union alleged that the retailer had closed the stores to lay-off workers who participated in organising campaigns for better pays and benefits for store employees.
Wal-Mart denied the claims and said the closures were to carry out plumbing and other repairs. Around 2,200 workers are said to have been affected due to the closures.
Reuters reported Wal-Mart spokesman Lorenzo Lopez as saying that a new hiring drive at the stores ‘will encourage the previous employees and those that transferred to other stores to apply’.
Lorenzo was quoted by the news agency as saying: "We are moving forward with the process to reopen all five stores. While we continue to conduct plumbing repairs and store upgrades, our goal is to begin serving customers by late October or early November."
Wal-Mart said that workers hired back to the same job at the reopening stores would receive the same rate of pay or higher.
UFCW spokeswoman Jessica Levin told the publication that the union wants workers to be reinstated without any application process.
The union will hold an event to press the proposed demands at the Pico Rivera store on 10 September.