History
About Sam's Club

Quality, name-brand merchandise at exceptional prices: It sounds simple enough, but at Sam’s Club, it’s a concept we take to a higher level. Our nearly 600 locations are not only terrific places to save money, but also destinations for solutions that can help ease a busy schedule. Whether stocking a pantry or a business, selecting new electronics or getting ready for a party, our Members count on Sam’s Club as their source for the products and services they need to keep things running smoothly.

Since our inception in 1983, our operating philosophy has remained the same – we work hard to be the buying agent for our Members and deliver upon this agreement by eliminating unnecessary costs and maintaining a simple shopping environment. We pass the savings on to the more than 47 million Members who shop our Clubs and SamsClub.com, simplifying their shopping so that their everyday lives benefit, too.

2010 - Current
  • 2010

    Sustainability

    First retailer to use significant wind power, offsetting 20% of energy usage.

  • 2010

    Club Support

    Sam’s Club opens new home office.

  • 2010

    Small Business Support

    Sam’s Club offers access to Small Business loans.

2000 - 2009
  • 2009

    Executives

    Brian Cornell named CEO

  • 2009

    eValues

    eValues launched for Plus Members.

  • 2008

    Celebrating 25 Years

    Sam’s Club 25th Anniversary and 593 Clubs to date.

  • 2007

    Going Green

    Sam’s Club Fayetteville Model for sustainability.

  • 2006

    Home Sweet Home

    First hometown Club opens in Bentonville.

  • 2005

    Executives

    Doug McMillion named President and CEO.

  • 2003

    Milestone

    20th Anniversary and 522 Clubs to date.

  • 2000

    Online Store

    SamsClub.com launches and Click n’ Pull® rolls out soon after.

1990 - 1999
  • 1998

    New Store Brand

    Member’s Mark private label launches.

  • 1998

    Expanded Offerings

    First Pharmacy opens in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • 1997

    Expanded Offerings

    First gas station opens in Wichita, Kansas.

  • 1993

    Sam’s Club Continues Expansion

    Sam’s Club store count is up to 419 Clubs across 47 states.

  • 1993

    Sam’s Club Welcomes PACE Stores

    Sam’s Club acquires PACE warehouse clubs.

  • 1991

    Sam’s Club Goes International

    The first International Sam’s Club opens in Mexico City.

1980 - 1989
  • 1988

    Continued Growth

    Sam’s Club opens 104th store and Membership count is up to 7 million.

  • 1984

    Rapid Member Growth

    Membership at Sam’s Club grows to more than 2 million members.

  • 1983

    Sam’s Club is Established

    First Sam’s Club opens in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

1970 - 1979
  • 1979

    Record Sales

    In 1979, Walmart became the first company to reach $1 billion in sales in such a short period of time.

  • 1975

    Walmart Culture

    1975 was also the year that Sam Walton, inspired by workers he encountered during a visit to Korea, conceived of the famous “Walmart Cheer” and introduced it to his associates.

  • 1971

    Distribution Becomes Streamlined

    The first year of the decade saw the opening of the first Walmart distribution center, as well as the Walmart Home Office, in Bentonville Ark.

1960 - 1969
  • 1969

    Walmart Stores Inc.

    The company officially incorporated as Walmart Stores Inc. on October 31, 1969.

  • 1962

    Walmart is Established

    The story begins in 1962, when Sam Walton, our founder opened the company’s first Walmart store in Rogers, Ark.