Where Americans Most Dislike Buying Groceries

April 4, 2015 7:20 PM

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Where Americans Most Dislike Buying Groceries

Walmart (WMT) is the nation's largest retailer, and managing it has been no easy task for new CEO Doug McMillon. Still in his first year as boss, he has faced everything from troubling sales in China to worker strikes to high-level executive departures. Walmart is an incredibly complex company, with 140 million weekly shoppers and annual sales of $280 billion. For some U.S. consumers, Walmart is a favorite because it beats everyone else on price. But others avoid the chain completely in protest of its low worker pay and its ability to squeeze local stores. Few other retailers have such a polarizing effect on the American shopper. Walmart has an impact far greater than anything Sam Walton could have imagined when he opened the first Walmart in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Although Walmart is nearly as ubiquitous as air in America, what you don't know about the company might surprise you.

1) The descendants of founder Sam Walton are the wealthiest family in the world, Forbes reports. The family includes Walton's three children, the wife of his late son John, and two of his nieces. Together, they're worth $152 billion. No other American family comes close. The No. 2 family, worth $89 ...

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