Wal-Mart had seen a rapid growth during the 1980s: in 1987 as many as 1, 198 stores were operating across the States. This was the year when the satellite network of the company was completed, thus all operating units were connected to the Bentonville office by two-way voice and data transmission and one-way video communication. In 1988, Sam Walton was replaced by David Glass but Walton remained as Chairman of the Board.
This was when the first Walmart Supercenter opened in Washington, Missouri. In the 1990s, Toys "R" Us became independent from Wal-Mart and concentrated on toy sales.
Later on the company opened overseas stores: in Argentina and Brazil in 1995, in Europe in 1999.
Our stores today offer a pleasant and convenient shopping experience. Our shelves are stocked with a huge variety of value-priced, quality general merchandise, for example electronics, toys, sporting goods, housewares or home furnishings. Each store employs about 225 associates and the stores offer brightly-lit, wide and clean aisles. Our Supercenters were created in order to meet the growing demand for convenient, one-stop family shopping experience.
We are looking for ways to save to our customers' time and money by getting general merchandise and a full grocery under one roof. The total number of our Supercenters is 2, 843 nationwide; most of these are open 24 hours a day. In our Supercenters you may find Deli foods, Beverages, Fresh produce, Bakery goods, Meat and dairy products and many more.
Most Supercenters detain many specialty shops such as hair salon, Pharmacy, Vision center, Tire & Lube Express or a one-hour photo center.