Company Overview

Photograph of Wal-Mart employee filling shelves

All of the stores in our worldwide Wal-Mart family remain committed to one mission: saving people money so they can live better. Every week, 176 million customers visit an ASDA, Mi Bodega Aurrera, Changomas, Neighborhood Market, Sam’s Club, Seiyu, Superama, Wal-Mart store, Supercenter or one of our many other formats around the globe. In each of the markets where we operate, we work to leverage our strengths as a global company while meeting the local needs of customers and communities around the world.

Where and How We Operate

Sam Walton opened his first Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Ark. in 1962. Over the next 45 years, our company expanded to include many different formats in the United States and abroad. We now operate stores in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, Japan, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. More than 75 percent of our international stores operate under a different name than Wal-Mart. But no matter what banner hangs above the door, all of our stores are united in their effort to reflect the local needs and wants of our customers, and to deliver everyday low prices. See "Measuring Progress" in this section for details of our global operations.

Below is a description of just three of the many diverse formats that operate as part of the Wal-Mart family.

Wal-Mart Supercenters

In 1988, we developed the Supercenter concept to meet the growing demand for one-stop family shopping. Our Supercenters combine a full grocery store with our classic general merchandise mix under one roof. Most Supercenters are open 24 hours a day. Additionally, our Supercenters are home to many specialty shops owned by outside vendors, such as banks, restaurants, portrait studios, hair and nail salons, health clinics and employment agencies. On average, our Supercenters cover 187,000 square feet, employ 350 or more Associates and offer 142,000 different items. There are more than 2,256 Supercenters across the United States today, and an additional 825 Supercenter and hypermarket formats around the world.

Mi Bodega Aurreras, Palis, Despensa Familiars and Todo Dias

As we expand to new markets, it is important that we develop formats that meet the specific needs and preferences of the people in those markets. Mi Bodega Aurrera and Mi Bodega Aurrera Express in Mexico, Pali and Despensa Familiar in Central America and Todo Dia in Brazil are a few of the unique formats we operate around the world. Typically, these are “soft-discount” stores with less than 20,000 square feet and a limited assortment of goods. The smaller format is particularly successful in developing countries where individuals are accustomed to an “informal” retail sector. The stores provide customers with access to products they need – both from their local region and from around the world – at prices they can afford.

Sam’s Clubs

Sam’s Club is a membership-based format that offers customers a selection of general merchandise and large-volume items at value prices. Since 1983, our Sam’s Clubs have been helping small businesses and families gain access to name-brand products at affordable prices. We help our members save money and time by offering those small business members the advantages of our efficiency. Today there are more than 579 Sam’s Club locations across the United States and 128 warehouse club formats around the world – each averaging 132,000 square feet, carrying more than 5,500 different products and employing 160 to 175 Associates.

Measuring Progress


Related Metrics