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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 16, 2002
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - With an oceanic parking lot and the same sort of sign that marks its Supercenter up the street, Wal-Mart's headquarters looks more like a giant discount store than the home of the largest corporation in the world. Tucked away in this remote corner of northwest Arkansas, Wal-Mart has in just 40 years combined ruthless efficiency and relentless expansion to surpass the giants of business, General Motors and Exxon-Mobil. This spring, it was listed at the top of the Fortune 500. But, if the company's literature is to be believed, the soul of Wal-Mart's success lies not in the legion of MBAs at corporate headquarters but in an old five-and-dime on the courthouse square where Sam Walton first got the idea that revolutionized retailing and forever changed life in rural America.
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By ANDREA K. WALKER and ANDREA K. WALKER,SUN REPORTER | June 11, 2006
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- For less than a day this month, a billboard denouncing the business practices of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. loomed a short distance from the plain and frugal headquarters here of the world's largest retailer. Then in a blink, the sign, paid for by organized labor, was painted over. The swift whitewash may be a testament to the affinity people here have for the homegrown giant that faces animosity over its labor practices and retail dominance elsewhere, but not here. While some communities around the country fight to prevent the giant retailer from moving in, the northwest corner of Arkansas - where Sam Walton opened his first store in 1962 and site of the company's annual meeting this month that drew 15,000 shareholders and featured performances by Beyonce and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks - is unabashedly Wal-Mart Nation.
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BUSINESS
October 7, 1991
The following chart lists the 15 richest Americans according to Forbes magazine...Rank .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Net worth'91 '90 Billionaire Residence .. (billions)1 1 John Kluge Charlottesville, Va. $5.902 16 William Gates III Seattle 4.803 11 Sam Walton Bentonville, Ark. 4.404 12 S. Robson Walton Bentonville, Ark. 4.4013 John Walton San Diego 4.406 14 Jim Walton Bentonville, Ark. 4.407 15 Alice Walton Rogers, Ark. 4.408 2 Warren Buffett Omaha, Neb. 4.209 4 Henry Hillman Pittsburgh 3.3010 50 Richard DeVos Ada, Mich.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 16, 2002
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - With an oceanic parking lot and the same sort of sign that marks its Supercenter up the street, Wal-Mart's headquarters looks more like a giant discount store than the home of the largest corporation in the world. Tucked away in this remote corner of northwest Arkansas, Wal-Mart has in just 40 years combined ruthless efficiency and relentless expansion to surpass the giants of business, General Motors and Exxon-Mobil. This spring, it was listed at the top of the Fortune 500. But, if the company's literature is to be believed, the soul of Wal-Mart's success lies not in the legion of MBAs at corporate headquarters but in an old five-and-dime on the courthouse square where Sam Walton first got the idea that revolutionized retailing and forever changed life in rural America.
BUSINESS
By ANDREA K. WALKER and ANDREA K. WALKER,SUN REPORTER | June 11, 2006
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- For less than a day this month, a billboard denouncing the business practices of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. loomed a short distance from the plain and frugal headquarters here of the world's largest retailer. Then in a blink, the sign, paid for by organized labor, was painted over. The swift whitewash may be a testament to the affinity people here have for the homegrown giant that faces animosity over its labor practices and retail dominance elsewhere, but not here. While some communities around the country fight to prevent the giant retailer from moving in, the northwest corner of Arkansas - where Sam Walton opened his first store in 1962 and site of the company's annual meeting this month that drew 15,000 shareholders and featured performances by Beyonce and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks - is unabashedly Wal-Mart Nation.
BUSINESS
January 24, 1995
Wal-Mart halts Mexico expansionWal-Mart Stores Inc., one of the first and most aggressive U.S. retailers in Mexico, has suspended its 1995 Mexican expansion plans because of the five-week, 40 percent slide in the value of the peso, a company spokesman said yesterday.Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., previously had planned to open 13 Sam's Club stores and 12 Wal-Mart Supercenters in Mexico in 1995, in conjunction with its Mexican partner, Cifra SA.
NEWS
February 2, 2007
CHARLES CATE, 68 Grew rich on Wal-Mart stock Charles R. Cate, a manager of one of the first Wal-Mart stores whose $1,000 purchase of company stock in the 1960s made him rich, died of cancer Monday in Springdale, Ark. He retired from the Bentonville, Ark.-based company in 1981 at age 43, after joining it as a teenager. He managed one of the original Wal-Mart stores during a 27-year career. Mr. Cate's fortune was estimated at $100 million.
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August 1, 2012
Thanks for your excellent editorial on the value of a carbon tax ("Climate and conservatives," July 30). A carbon tax is a great policy instrument for internalizing the true costs - health risks, a destabilized climate - of carbon emissions. If conservatives or liberals want to pass a carbon tax, they will need public support. That is why 175 volunteers for the Citizens Climate Lobby traveled to D.C. from all over the country last week to meet with more than 300 members of theU.S.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1997
A $4,000 grant from Wal-Mart will help Carroll County attract more business and industry.The county Department of Economic Development will use the grant, payable over two years, to create a Web site on the Internet. The professionally designed home page will feature graphic images and information on local industrial sites."This gives us another dimension to offer brokers and site locaters," said Jack Lyburn, county economic development director. "We used to compete against other counties, but today our market is becoming international.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1998
Residents opposed to construction of a Wal-Mart in Mount Airy will address the town Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting tonight.The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer wants to build an 85,000-square-foot store on 14 acres in Mount Airy Shopping Center at Route 27 and Ridgeville Boulevard.The Planning and Zoning Commission will review a subdivision plat of the proposed site tonight. The meeting begins at 8.Residents opposed to the project formed a group called Us Against the Wal six weeks ago and have organized committees.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1991
The following chart lists the 15 richest Americans according to Forbes magazine...Rank .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Net worth'91 '90 Billionaire Residence .. (billions)1 1 John Kluge Charlottesville, Va. $5.902 16 William Gates III Seattle 4.803 11 Sam Walton Bentonville, Ark. 4.404 12 S. Robson Walton Bentonville, Ark. 4.4013 John Walton San Diego 4.406 14 Jim Walton Bentonville, Ark. 4.407 15 Alice Walton Rogers, Ark. 4.408 2 Warren Buffett Omaha, Neb. 4.209 4 Henry Hillman Pittsburgh 3.3010 50 Richard DeVos Ada, Mich.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 23, 2002
A Baltimore woman was treated at Harbor Hospital this week after she said she was stuck with a syringe in the pocket of a pair of jeans she was trying on at a Wal-Mart in Glen Burnie, authorities said yesterday. Anne Arundel County emergency medical technicians treated Amanda Davis, 19, for three puncture wounds in her right thigh and drove her to the hospital shortly after the incident was reported by Wal-Mart employees Wednesday afternoon, county fire officials said. Wal-Mart spokesman Thomas E. Williams confirmed that store employees called 911 when the woman came out of a dressing room and said she had just been stabbed with a needle.
NEWS
July 6, 2005
On June 30, 2005, RONALD WADE Fulton, beloved husband of the late Marion Humphrey Fulton, devoted father of Jo Ann Matthews of Perryville, Md.; Michael Fulton of Columbia, Md.; Rodney Fulton of Bentonville, Ark.; and loving grandfather of Krista Fulton of Boston, Ma.; Marc Matthews of Rochester, Mn. Jeffrey Fulton of Pocatello, Id. ; Carrie Fulton Harrison of Charlotte, N.C.; and Douglas Fulton of Bozeman, Mt.; and great grandfather of Aiden Fulton of...
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