Walmart is the largest retailer in the United States and the World. Walmart has 8,500 stores in 15 different countries around the world operation under various names. In the United States, Walmart has 3,416 Supercenters. The retail department sells non-grocery items, and the Supercenters carry full grocery departments, becoming the largest grocery retailer in the United States.
Walmart was founded in Rogers, Arkansas by Sam Walton in 1962. The company became incorporated in 1969, having a total of 24 stores. Throughout the 1970′s Walmart went National and became a publicly traded company. Sam’s Club, a warehouse style membership club that sells groceries and retail merchandising in bulk, was created by Sam Walton in the 1980′s, for small businesses and individuals. This is around the same time that the first Walmart Supercenter opened, offering supermarket items and retail merchandise in one location. In the 1990′s, Walmart was named America’s Number 1 Retailer, offering low prices and one-stop shopping. The first Walmart Supercenter was opened in Missouri in 1988, and then went global in the 90′s with store openings in Mexico, Canada, China and India.
The Walmart Supercenter is a hypermarket that carries all Walmart merchandise in addition to being a full supermarket. Walmart Supercenters have every supermarket department, from poultry/meats, dairy, baked goods, deli, frozen foods to garden produce.
Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas
No. of Stores: 3,158 U.S. Supercenters, 11,047 Worldwide
No. of Employees: 2.2 Million Worldwide
Annual Revenue: $469.1 Billion
Divisions: Walmart Canada
Subsidiaries: Asda, Sam’s Club, Seiyu Group, Walmex