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Here’s What Walmart Looked Like When It First Opened In 1962

Reader's Digest Logo By Morgan Cutolo of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 4: Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Walton, only 44 at the time, wanted to succeed in the retail world running a store with low prices and exceptional customer service. Despite many competitors doubting his business model, the company started to grow and grow. Walton credits the instant success of Walmart to the low prices, but mainly to his associates. They gave customers a positive shopping experience and kept them coming back.

Walmart offered Reader’s Digest an inside look at what the first ever store looked like before the franchise became the superstore that it is today. Also, check out these things you're not buying from Walmart, but should be.

The beginning

Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Walton, only 44 at the time, wanted to succeed in the retail world running a store with low prices and exceptional customer service. Despite many competitors doubting his business model, the company started to grow and grow. Walton credits the instant success of Walmart to the low prices, but mainly to his associates. They gave customers a positive shopping experience and kept them coming back. Walmart offered Reader’s Digest an inside look at what the first ever store looked like before the franchise became the superstore that it is today. Also, check out these things you're not buying from Walmart, but should be.
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