It all began in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas, when Sam Walton opened the company’s first
Wal-Mart discount store.
Five years later, there were twenty-four (24) Wal-Mart stores in
Arkansas, grossing up to $12.6 million dollars in sales.
In 1968, Wal-Mart Aviation hired it first
full-time pilot, who provided help to Sam and Bud Walton, as well as the opening of the first
stores outside of Arkansas, in Silkston, Missouri and Claremore, Oklahoma.
officially incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on October 31, 1969.
Today, there are 891
stores offering a pleasant, convenient and affordable shopping experience across the United
The size of an average Wal-Mart store is 107,000 square feet.
Each store employs about
225 employee associates.
Wal-Mart stores feature wide, clean, brightly-lid aisles and shelves
stocked with a variety of quality value priced general merchandise from family apparel and
health and beauty aids to houseware and automobile products to pharmaceutical services.
Mart also owns and operates Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Neighboring Market, Marketside, and
Wal-Mart Supercenters were developed in 1988 to meet the growing demand for
convenient, one-stop family shopping featuring the famous motto, “Every Day Low Prices.”
Wal-Mart Supercenters across the United States save their voluminous base of customers’ time
and money by combining a wide variety of general merchandise all under one roof for
There are 2,612 Wal-Mart Supercenters nationwide, and most are
operated 24 hours daily.
Supercenters average 187,000 square feet and employ about 350 or
Each week, about 100 million customers, nearly one-third of the U.S. population, visit Wal-Mart
stores in the United States.
In 2006, Wal-Mart was 67
most profitable corporation (profits divided by