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 Sam Walton

Sam Walton

Birth
Kingfisher, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 5 Apr 1992 (aged 74)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas, USA
Plot Block 9, Lot 15
Memorial ID 6779534 · View Source
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Businessman. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he began his career as a retail merchant when he opened the first of several franchises of the Ben Franklin five-and-dime franchises in Arkansas. He opened his first Wal-Mart store in 1962; specializing in name-brands at low prices, the chain of Wal-Mart stores sprang up across rural America. His management style was popular with employees and helped to spur growth, taking the company public in 1970. The decentralized distribution system created the edge needed to further spur growth in the 1980s amidst growing complaints that the "superstore" was squelching smaller, traditional Mom and Pop stores. By 1991, Wal-Mart was the largest U.S. retailer with 1,700 stores. He remained active in managing the company, as president and CEO until 1988 and chairman until his death. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom shortly before his death.


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RECIPIENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Scott McManimen
  • Added: 15 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6779534
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sam Walton (29 Mar 1918–5 Apr 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6779534, citing Bentonville Cemetery, Bentonville, Benton County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .