Wal-Mart Visitors Center is located at Bentonville in northwest Arkansas. It was opened in Sam Walton's original Bentonville variety store on May 9, 1990. The first Wal-Mart store was established by Sam Walton in 1962 at Rogers.The center was created as an educational and informative facility for depicting an American retailing success story. The visitors’ center contains many mementos from Wal-Mart's past and present, including old advertisements, photos of early stores, and a Wal-Mart timeline. The walls are adorned with paintings, family pictures and photos of Wal-Mart stores.Sam's entire office was moved from the headquarters and recreated. The Walton Wing, devoted to Sam and his wife Helen, exhibits hunting boots and Helen's wedding dress.A gift shop is attached to the center that provides t-shirts, mugs, lapel pins, shirts, caps and pencils.
Birthplace of Walmart
As we approach Bentonville from the old Daisy BB Gun Headquarters in Rogers, we become more aware of Walmart's power. Lengthening convoys of semi trucks, with Walmart or Sam's Club emblazoned on their sides, pass us as we close in on the Birthplace of Walmart. On the way to its the humble small town beginning, we pass Walmart's giant, modern distribution center and enormous, modern corporate HQ.
Today's competition-killing Walmart megastores had their beginning in the humble "Walton's" that still exists in downtown Bentonville, well-kept and facing the town square. It would no longer work as a viable business -- Walmart crushes similar concepts -- but serves instead as a Visitor's Center, educating and communicating the Walmart story, and the greater story of success through hard-work and dedication. It is no surprise to see groups of men here, golf-shirts, hairy forearms and metal-band wristwatches, searching for that elusive Spark.
The Visitor's Center recalls an old five-and-dime store up front, while the back rooms are more museum-like. The 100,000,000th square foot of Walmart space is displayed, as well as old employee manuals like the "Origin of Shirley Shrinkage," and the hula skirt Walton wore down Wall Street after the company achieved 8% pretax profits in 1984. Looping presentations such at "The Story of Walmart Video" explain the company's ascent.
The "keys to the city" of many towns are bittersweet to look at, when viewed either as symbols of welcome or as "handing Walmart the keys." Walmart's arrival in declining towns is chronicled to make sure the keys are perceived correctly. Walmart saved Brinkley, Arkansas, in "A story of hope and will." And White Squirrel capital, Olney, Illinois, is where Walmart lanterns and sweaters are made by Americans, beating back foreign competition.
Sam Walton, the late Walmart Founder, was one of the country's richest people (and family members still are). Sam grew up in the depression, and during this hard period forged his attitude of not "Can Do," but "Will Do." Walmart's huge success in an understandable low-tech business implies that anyone with the right attitude can win.
The last section of the Visitor's Center is dedicated to Sam and the Cult of Personality that has naturally grown around him. There are are no magical talismans on display, just items from the normal part of Sam's life: Ol' Roy Dog Food, moldering Moon Pies, his wife's wedding dress, Sam's mud-caked hunting boots, and his favorite pickup, a 1979 red Ford F150 custom pickup with 65,627 miles on the odometer (a significant statistic for Samophiles to know). Visiting Walmart managers supposedly rub the truck's door handle for luck.
After Sam's death in 1992, his entire office was meticulously documented, just as he had left it, then moved from general headquarters and reassembled here, looking as if Sam had just stepped away to close a deal or inspire the troops.
Souvenirs are sold to remember the visit, and to make sure that the lessons of hope and will are not soon forgotten. Our favorite: An inch-tall porcelain pill box shaped like the first store -- "Made In China."
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International † : Africa, Canada, Central America, Chile, China, Japan, Mexico and United Kingdom. Excludes associates in India and eCommerce associates in Ireland and Israel.
*Africa (Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia)
**Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua)
***Walmart divested its retail operations in the United Kingdom and Japan in February and March of 2021, respectively.
Another Walmart.com goal of providing easy access to more of Walmart is evident in the more than one-million products available online and in the innovative businesses that Walmart.com continues to develop, such as Music Downloads and 1-Hour Photos, which gives customers the convenience of ordering products online and picking them up at a local Walmart.
In short, Walmart.com is passionate about combining the best of two great worlds, technology and world-class retailing, to give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours, and a great online shopping experience.
Even though you may think of it as a low price leader, Walmart's prices of eyeglass lenses and frames are often about the same as those of many private practices. In fact, Walmart once boasted extremely competitive contact lens prices, with prices being slightly below those found in private practices or other commercial practices, such as Lenscrafters.
And for contact lenses you be surprised to learn that your private practice doctor is just as competitive on contact lens prices.
While glasses at Walmart start as low as $16 for a set of eyewear, you generally get what you pay for. Higher quality brands at Walmart are usually outpriced by places like Warby Parker where most of the product line is priced at $95.
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Wal-Mart Visitors Center - History
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Welcome to the Tri-Cities, a growing metropolitan area in southeast Washington where 300 sun filled days offer visitors a year round outdoor paradise. Fun in the sun is a way of life in the Tri-Cities–one reason it’s among of the most popular spots for Washington vacations. Recreation and sports enthusiasts will love everything there is to do in Tri-Cities, including bicycling, bowling, hunting, and soccer, as well as fishing, water-skiing and paddling on the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers. The area's ten beautiful golf courses challenge the most experienced players, but can be enjoyed by beginners as well. Visitors can also cheer on one of the three professional sports teams. After savoring just one of the local premium wines, visitors will understand why the area has been rightfully called the "Heart of Washington Wine Country." Tri-Cities, Washington boasts more than 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius, producing some of the finest wines in the world, thanks to the climate and geography of the area. Learn more about each of the cities below and plan one of the best Washington vacations ever!
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How We Give
Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation generally provide more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind to support programs that align with our philanthropic priorities.
Our philanthropic approach is rooted in our company’s mission to create opportunity, so people can live better. Through the philanthropic investments of Walmart.org, we strive to systematically address some of the biggest economic, environmental, and social challenges faced in the world today. But we can’t do it alone. We work closely with our grantees to address large scale environmental and social challenges in these priority areas:
To help meet the critical needs resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $35 million to support organizations on the front lines responding to the outbreak. Learn more about Walmart.org’s response to COVID-19 .
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