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.
First retailer to use significant wind power, offsetting 20% of energy usage.
Sam’s Club opens new home office.
Small Business Support
Sam’s Club offers access to Small Business loans.
Brian Cornell named CEO
Celebrating 25 Years
Sam’s Club 25th Anniversary and 593 Clubs to date.
Sam’s Club Fayetteville Model for sustainability.
Home Sweet Home
First hometown Club opens in Bentonville.
Doug McMillion named President and CEO.
20th Anniversary and 522 Clubs to date.
SamsClub.com launches and Click n’ Pull® rolls out soon after.
New Store Brand
Member’s Mark private label launches.
First Pharmacy opens in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
First gas station opens in Wichita, Kansas.
Sam’s Club Continues Expansion
Sam’s Club store count is up to 419 Clubs across 47 states.
Sam’s Club Welcomes PACE Stores
Sam’s Club acquires PACE warehouse clubs.
Sam’s Club Goes International
The first International Sam’s Club opens in Mexico City.
Sam’s Club opens 104th store and Membership count is up to 7 million.
Rapid Member Growth
Membership at Sam’s Club grows to more than 2 million members.
Sam’s Club is Established
First Sam’s Club opens in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
In 1979, Walmart became the first company to reach $1 billion in sales in such a short period of time.
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.
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.
Walmart Stores Inc.
The company officially incorporated as Walmart Stores Inc. on October 31, 1969.
Walmart is Established
The story begins in 1962, when Sam Walton, our founder opened the company’s first Walmart store in Rogers, Ark.