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Sam’s Show: The Spectacle of Wal-Mart’s 1988 Shareholders’ Meeting

by George Waldon 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Standing here in northwest Arkansas amid the appreciative gathering with sky blue “What’s Important Is You” banners hanging from the rafters and scoreboard, the messes is clear: God, America, Wal-Mart. Welcome to the pageantry and spectacle of Sam Walton’s capitalism rally — the 1988 Wal-Mart Shareholders’ Meeting — touted as the largest shareholders’ meeting in America, if not the world.

Gone Ranching: No Fences for Stanley Kroenke

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/24/2012 12:00 am

Stanley Kroenke, husband of Ann Walton Kroenke, has added another little parcel to his collection of luxury vacation properties. According to Forbes, Stanley Kroenke bought a 124,000-acre ranch in Montana earlier this month. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed, but the asking price was $132.5 million.

After Sam: Did Wal-Mart Lose Its Way After Walton Died?

by Mark Friedman 7/2/2012 12:00 am

Some put the blame of stagnant domestic same-store sales on Wal-Mart’s management team, saying it has drifted away from Walton’s essential philosophy of offering the lowest price.

Wal-Mart at 50: A Not-So-Short History Of the World’s Largest Retailer

by Eric Francis 7/2/2012 12:00 am

The lessons Sam Walton learned during those early, successful years of Wal-Mart allowed him to build the most successful retail chain in history. And just like the times that he took his planes up to search for potential Wal-Mart sites, it was Mr. Sam himself who was behind the stick, deciding which direction to go.