Wal-Mart is the dominant retailer in America.
These amazing time-lapse maps by Flowing Data also help explain how the chain took over the USA in 40 years.
Sam Walton opened his first two stores in Arkansas by 1965:
10 years later, the retailer had expanded to 104 stores in Middle America:
By the eighties, Wal-Mart had expanded north and east with 741 stores:
And by the 90’s almost everywhere had one, with more than 2,000 locations:
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