The Origins of America’s Largest Retailers

By milo on Jul 2, 2010 | 4 Comments

Seattle, WA and Woonsocket, RI. 1883 and 2007. Humble beginnings and ginormous mergers. These are all various hallmarks of America’s largest retailers and, while geography and history may vary, they all have one thing in common: the desire and passion to spread their brand. Below, takes an in-depth look at the rise of the most recognizable names in retail.

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Infographic by Column Five


4 Comments on “The Origins of America’s Largest Retailers”
  1. Bentley says:

    This is a little silly. You call it the origins of the ‘worlds’ largest retailers – but then only include American companies. Where is Carrefour, Metro, Tesco? Even Woolworths in Australia is bigger than Costco. Maybe you mean The Origins of America’s Largest Retailers.

  2. Les Walgreen says:

    Charles R. Walgreen Sr. had one son.

  3. I love this, but the title is ‘Origins’, and I’d like to see the history behind Sears. They go back to a mail order catalog in 1888! It would have been better just to talk about how they all started, or at least the earliest parts. Kroger is well done.

  4. milo says:

    Thanks for all the comments! We’ve updated the graphic to reflect the new units and the fact that the stores are US-based. Thanks for catching this everyone and hope you keep reading!

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