12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Walmart

Walmart, the Sam Walton, Arkansas-based company, has evolved from a chain of small-town stores in the 1960s to a multi-national, Fortune 500 retail behemoth. And though Walmart is in the news fairly often, there are probably a few little things you didn’t know about the company, right?

12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Walmart:

  1. Sam Walton opened his first store, Ben Franklin, in Newport, Arkansas in 1945. Walton opened the first Walmart (actually it was Walmart Discount City) in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962.
  2. The first Walmart outside of Arkansas opened in Missouri in 1968. A store also opened in Oklahoma in the same year.
  3. Walton’s company incorporated in 1969 and changed its name to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in 1970.
  4. People greeters made their first appearance at the front of Walmart stores in 1983.
  5. Most Americans, roughly 90-percent, live within 15 minutes of a Walmart store.
  6. Walmart marked its first $1 billion sales week in 1993.
  7. Walmart launched the Neighborhood Market concept in 1998.
  8. In 2007, Walmart replaced its “Always Low Prices, Always” slogan with “Save money. Live better.”
  9. In 2008, the company officially dropped the hyphen from its name and became Walmart.
  10. In 2017 Walmart acquired Moosejaw and Bonobos.
  11. Today, Walmart has 11,389 stores.
  12. As of 2019, Walmart employs 2.2 million people.

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