First Walmart Store in Rogers, Arkansas

2 July 1962

The first Walmart store is opened by Sam Walton on July 2, 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Thirty-two years later, Walmart acquired 122 Woolco stores in Canada and Walmart Canada was born. Throughout our 20 year history, Walmart Canada continues to expand with over 400 locations operating across the country and employing 95,000 associates. Sam Walton’s vision of saving people money so they can live better is the driving force behind everything we do. with the intention of helping customers save money to live better.

24th Walmart Store

Approx. 1967

Walmart opens its 24th store, accounting for $12.7 million generated in sales!

Incorporation as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Approx. 1969

Walmart is officially incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

The Walmart Foundation is established.

Approx. 1979

The Walmart Foundation is established to make a positive impact in the communities Walmart serves.

The first Walmart Supercentre is opened in Washington, Mo.

Approx. 1988

The first Walmart Supercentre is opened in Washington, Mo., combining general merchandise and a full-scale supermarket to provide a one-stop shopping convenience.

Walmart Comes to Canada

Approx. 1994

Walmart opens its first Canadian store after acquiring the 122-store Woolco division of Woolworth Canada.

Ranked by Strategy Magazine

Approx. 1996

Walmart Canada is ranked by Strategy Magazine as the best store for customer service and value for money.

Walmart’s International Store of the Year.

Approx. 1998

For the third year in a row, a Canadian store is selected as Walmart’s International Store of the Year.

The World’s Largest Private Employer.

Approx. 1999

With more than 1.1 million associates worldwide, Walmart becomes the world’s largest private employer.

A New Era of Walmart Canada

Approx. 2006

Walmart Canada opens its first Supercentres in Stouffville, Ontario, London, Ontario and Ancaster, Ontario, offering fresh food combined with general merchandise for the broadest selection of products under one roof at unbeatable prices.