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What Walmart looked like when it first opened over 50 years ago

Business Insider Logo By Áine Cain of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 18: 
  The first-ever Walmart store opened its doors for
  the first time in the summer of 1962.
  
  But Walmart founder Sam Walton was no
  retail newbie when he launched his now-ubiquitous chain.
  
  Business Insider spoke to Alan Dranow, the senior director of
  the Walmart Heritage Group, about the retail giant's early days.
  
  
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  Before it took over the world of retail, Walmart was just a
  discount store in Rogers, Arkansas. 

  Business Insider spoke to Alan Dranow, the senior director of the
  Walmart Heritage Group, about the chain's
  beginnings. The Walmart Heritage Group runs the company's
  official museum. 

  
    Read more: Walmart's move to a new
  headquarters highlights just how different it is from
  Amazon

  According to Dranow, Walmart wasn't "an overnight success," and
  its appeal wasn't immediately apparent to shoppers and retail
  rivals.

  Take a look back in time at Walmart's early history:

Walmart's first store confused retail rivals and shoppers alike

Before it took over the world of retail, Walmart was just a discount store in Rogers, Arkansas.

Business Insider spoke to Alan Dranow, the senior director of the Walmart Heritage Group, about the chain's beginnings. The Walmart Heritage Group runs the company's official museum.

According to Dranow, Walmart wasn't "an overnight success," and its appeal wasn't immediately apparent to shoppers and retail rivals.

Click ahead for a look back in time at Walmart's early history.

Read more: Walmart's move to a new headquarters highlights just how different it is from Amazon 

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