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Useful Notes: Walmart
aka: Wal Mart

"Save money. Live better."

Walmart is 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, the United Kingdom (as ASDA), China, and Japan. Although highly popular, it is criticized for a number of things, most notably the fact that, for the most part, it operates as a non-union company.

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 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", 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

"Always low prices. Always."

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