"He was always thinking up new things to try in the store. I remember one time he made a trip to NewYork, and he came back a few days later and said, 'Come here, I want to show you something. This isgoing to be the item of the year.' I went over and looked at a bin full ofI think they called them zorisandalsthey call them thongs now. And I just laughed and said, 'No way will those things sell. They'll justblister your toes.' Well, he took them and tied them together in pairs and dumped them all on a table atthe end of an aisle for nineteen cents a pair. And they just sold like you wouldn't believe. I have neverseen an item sell as fast, one after another, just piles of them. Everybody in town had a pair."Right away I started looking around for store opportunities in other towns. Maybe it was just my itch todo more business, and maybe, too, I didn't want all my eggs in one basket again. By 1952 I had drivendown to Fayetteville and found an old grocery store that Kroger was abandoning because it was fallingapart. It was right on the square, only 18 feet wide and 150 feet deep. Our main competitor was aWoolworth's on one side of the square, and a Scott Store on the other side of the square. So here wewere challenging two popular stores with a little old 18-foot independent variety store. It wasn't a BenFranklin franchise; we just called it Walton's Five and Dime like the store in Bentonville. I remembersitting on the square right after I bought it listening to a couple of the local codgers say: "Well, we'll givethat guy sixty days, maybe ninety. He won't be there long."But this store was ahead of its time too, self-service all the way, unlike the competition. This was thebeginning of our way of operating for a long while tocome. We were innovating, experimenting, andexpanding. Somehow over the years, folks have gotten the impression that Wal-Mart was something Idreamed up out of the blue as a middle-aged man, and that it was just this great idea that turned into anovernight success. It's true that I was forty-four when we opened our first Wal-Mart in 1962, but thestore was totally an outgrowth of everything we'd been doing since Newportanother case of me beingunable to leave well enough alone, another experiment. And like most other overnight successes, it wasabout twenty years in the making. 逆袭彩票计划是永久免费的吗 鈥淪how you what?鈥? Maggie could not speak, but she put out her arms to receive the tiny baby, while Mumps snuffed at it anxiously, to ascertain that this transference was all right. Maggie鈥檚 heart had swelled at this action and speech of Bob鈥檚; she knew well enough that it was a way he had chosen to show his sympathy and respect. "Because of his training in Boy Scout work, Sammy Walton, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. TomWalton of Shelbina, rescued Donald Peterson, little son of Prof. and Mrs. K.R. Peterson, from drowningin Salt River Thursday afternoon... 鈥榃hy not for ever?鈥?he asked. I loved doing it myself. I'd get down low, turn my plane up on its side, and fly right over a town. Oncewe had a spot picked out, we'd land, go find out who owned the property, and try to negotiate the dealright then. That's another good reason I don't like jets. You can't get down low enough to really tellwhat's going on, the way I could in my little planes. Bud and I picked almost all our sites that way untilwe grew to about 120 or 130 stores. I was always proud of our technique and the results we got. Iguarantee you not many principals of retailing companies were flying around sideways studyingdevelopment patterns, but it worked really well for us. Until we had 500 stores, or at least 400 or so, Ikept up with every real estate deal we made and got to view most locations before we signed any kind ofcommitment. A good location, and what we have to pay for it, is so important to the success of a store.