History

  • Sam Walton opened the first Walmart in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas with the simple premise of offering quality goods at lower prices. His vision and drive made Walmart the largest retailer in the world and brings value to millions of customers every day, helping them save money and live better.

    In 1994, Walmart Canada launched with 122 stores. Twenty-five years later, we’re more than 400 stores strong, employing more than 90,000 people in Canada. Here’s a quick overview of our history in Canada

1990s

Walmart Canada History

1994

Welcome to the neighbourhood! Walmart Canada opens with 122 stores across the country.

1995

A study shows, in less than a year since Walmart launched in Canada, the average price of a basket of consumable goods fell 8%.

1996

Proud Moment! Walmart Canada ranked best in customer service and value for money. (Strategy Magazine).

1998

Opened in-store vision centres.

1999

Wow. 1.1 million associates around the world – Walmart is officially the world’s largest private employer.

2000s

Man shopping walmart.com online on laptop

2002

Ryerson study found Walmart’s presence often increases sales at neighbouring small merchants in Canada.

2004

Launched George clothing line.

2006

Supercentres open in Canada, providing customers with fresh groceries and general merchandise all under one roof.

2008

Milestone: We keep growing. Walmart opens its 300th store in Canada in Mississauga, Ontario.

2009

Save Money. Live Better. Great new branding and tagline.

2010s

2010

Launched Women in Retail (WIR) program.

2011

Take it online. Walmart.ca is launched and sets a standard for eCommerce.

Introduced two new private brands; Our Finest a premium food brand and Hometrends a home décor brand.

2014

Happy Anniversary - 20 years in Canada!

2015

Milestone: $100 million raised over 20 years for Canadian children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network.

Launched online grocery pickup and delivery.

2016

Opened first prototype design store in Guelph, Ontario. New look and feel and better customer experience.

2017

Walmart joins Pride parades across Canada.

2018

Announced our commitment to zero food waste by 2025.

Launched our Associate Promise highlighting the unique characteristics of Walmart to help make this, that place: purpose, well-being, inclusion, opportunity and innovation.

2019

Happy anniversary! 25 years in Canada!

Opened first Urban Supercentre Concept Store.

Grocery delivery now available in all provinces.