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.

Customers shop inside a busy Walmart store.

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).

Close up image of a blue prize ribbon

1998

Opened in-store vision centres.

A smiling optometrist examining the eyes of a smiling child

1999

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

A group of Walmart associates posing for a photo

2000s

A man using a laptop holds a coffee cup on one hand. Un homme devant son ordinateur portable tenant un café dans une main.

2002

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

2004

Launched George clothing line.

A Walmart associate arranged clothing on a rack

2006

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

A group of Walmart associates pose with fresh groceries while standing if front of a crowd of cheering associates

2008

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

A large crowd of shoppers are lined up to enter a Walmart Supercentre

2009

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

Walmart logo. Save Money. Live Better.

2010s

A close up image of Walmart associate’s vest

2010

Launched Women in Retail (WIR) program.

A female Walmart associate stands in a product aisle

2011

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

Hands using a computer keyboard and mouse

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

2014

Happy Anniversary - 20 years in Canada!

A badge, reading: Celebrating 20 Years in Canada. Walmart. Saving Canadians Money since 1994.

2015

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

A smiling girl holding a teddy bear sitting on top of a hospital bed

Launched online grocery pickup and delivery.

2016

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

Walmart Supercentre storefront

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.

This is that place logo

2019

Happy anniversary! 25 years in Canada!

Opened first Urban Supercentre Concept Store.

Grocery delivery now available in all provinces.

Woman receiving a Walmart bag of groceries delivered to her home