Useful Notes: Walmart

"Welcome to Walmart. Get your shit and get out!"

Walmart is the brand name of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the largest discount store chain in the world, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas. It operates in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina, Africa (under Massmart), the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan (as Seiyu and other brands). Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, at least in the US and Canada, it is vociferously anti-union, with low pay and benefits, even compared to its competitors.

The first Walmart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962 by founder Sam Walton. Today, it's practically the archetype of the big box development in Suburbia, with over 4,000 stores in the U.S., most of which are Supercenters (a combination between discount store and supermarket). It also operates a sister wholesale club chain, Sam's Club.

The chain has also developed Walmart Express, a smaller version whose main intent is to serve markets too small for a full-sized Walmart while still offering many of the same services, and Walmart Neighborhood Market, a grocery-only store.

A little-known fact about Walmart is that the Supercenter concept spawned from a Flawed Prototype called Hypermart USA, which was deemed too inefficient, and collapsed after building only five locations.note 

Tropes associated with Walmart:

  • CamelCase: Unofficially. For most of the company's existence they were "Wal-Mart", and the company's legal name is still Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Since the last logo redesign they've made it one word. WalMart has long been common enough for this page to happen.
  • Market-Based Title: They do business as ASDA in Britain and Seiyu in Japan, having expanded into those markets by buying up existing companies under those names, with attempts to rebrand them having failed in both cases.
  • We Sell Everything: Averted. They intentionally sell generic brands for everyday problems, specifically to not monopolize everything in a town. If something comes along that requires a specialist or a more specific tool, you'd be better off looking in a store specializing in that field.

"Always low prices. Always."

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