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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cool Walmart Growth Visualization

The success of a well-run (and by some measures, the world's largest) company.

Walmart facts as of Feb 2010

Retail Units Worldwide 8,423

US Retail Units 4,361:
Walmart U.S. stores 810
Supercenters 2,756
Sam’s Clubs 605
Neighborhood Market 184
Marketside 4
Supermercado 2

International Retail Units 4,062

Company History
First Walmart opened in 1962 (Rogers, AR)
First Sam’s Club opened in 1983 (Midwest City, OK)
First Supercenter opened in 1988 (Washington, MO)
First International unit opened in 1991 (Mexico City)
First Neighborhood Market opened in 1998 (Bentonville, AR)
First Marketside stores opened in 2008 (Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe, AZ)
First Supermercado store opened in 2009 (Houston, Texas)

and back to Kmart.
In other news... the first Sears Fashion Outlet has opened at the Discovery Mills Mall in Lawrenceville, GA. Discount/out of season/overstock brands include Sears Holdings exclusives Lands' End, Dockers, Apostrophe, Country Living and Cannon at bargain hunter prices.

An interesting diversion that could be successful, but probably not completely essential/relevant to the core business or need to improve Sears Holdings often mysterious or poorly planned/executed ideas...

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