Chances are your town or city has a couple Walmarts, Targets, and Walgreens, and out of those you have only one you refer to as THE Walmart, Target, or Walgreens. While all of us feel like there is a special location among the rest in our towns, there’s only a select few people who can truly say they live by THE original. Here are the places these major retailers call home.
In the 1950s, Sam Walton was the humble owner of Walton’s Five and Dime, a variety store in Bentonville, Arkansas. Motivated by the success of his first business, he headed to Rogers, AR in 1962 to open the very first–Walmart. You know how the rest of that story goes. The original store is no more, but just down the road, there is a Walmart Neighborhood Market. That’s close enough, right?
Target’s history dates all the way back to 1903 when George Dayton bought Goodfellows department store. By the 1920s, Dayton’s was a multimillion dollar business that operated out of a six-story building. In 1962, John F. Geisse, under the Dayton company, developed the concept of upscale discount retail, and the first Target was built in Roseville, Minnesota. While that location is no more, the first Target outside of Minnesota in Glendale, CO does still stand and was upgraded to a SuperTarget in 2003.
The very first Walgreens was built by Charles R. Walgreen in 1901, on the corner of Cottage Grove and Bowen Ave in the South Side of Chicago. The store operated as a food store and quickly expanded to become a 20-store chain in 1919. Fun fact: Walgreens blew up during the prohibition era because despite alcohol’s illegality, Walgreens still carried whiskey prescriptions. As a homage to their humble beginnings, Walgreens built a flagship store in their old neighborhood in 2012, stocked with self-serve fro-yo, a high-end liquor selection, and even a barista.
Ya’ll, how did Walgreens go from being lit to the place I go in sweatpants to get foot cream? I’ll never see that store the same…
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