Arkansas: Center of the Walmart Universe
The first Walmart store opened in Northwest Arkansas in 1962. Today, more than 1,300 Walmart suppliers have a presence in Northwest Arkansas, most within 30 miles of the Walmart home office, located in Bentonville, Arkansas.
In 2013, Walmart announced a plan to spend an additional $50 billion on products “Made in the USA”over the next ten years. Suppliers looking to reshore manufacturing operations closer to Walmart can’t find a better location than Walmart’s own backyard.