In 2002 Walmart entered the Japanese market by acquiring a minor stake in Seiyu Group. In 2005, Walmart had $312.4 billion in sales, more than 6,200 facilities around the world, including 3,800 stores in the United States and 3,800 international units, and more than 1.6 million associates employed worldwide. Approximately 138 million customers visited Walmart stores each week all over the world.
Also in 1988, the first Wal-Mart Supercenter was introduced in Washington, Missouri. The supercenter concept features everything contained in an average Walmart store, and added optical center, one-hour photo processing lab, a tire and oil change shop, portrait studio. The stores also contained numerous alcove shops such as banks, hair and nail salons, cellular telephone stores, video rental stores, and fast food outlets.
Our experience includes both Neighborhood Market and Supercenter stores. The Supercenters are larger than typical Walmart stores and include large grocery sections and expanded retail departments. Along with constructing the structural steel and masonry buildings, project work typically includes standard Walmart interior finishes and accessories, asphalt and concrete paving, site work, refrigeration equipment systems, and plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems.
Wal-Mart said the closures represented less than 1 percent of its global revenue. The biggest cuts are in the United States, including all 102 Walmart Express stores.