1879 F.W. Woolworth opens its first five-and-dime.
1899 S.S. Kresge Company founded by Sebastian S. Kresge.
1912 S.S. Kresge incorporates with 85 stores and sales of more than $10 million.
1918 S.S. Kresge Company becomes a publicly traded company on the NYSE.
1962 The first Kmart discount department store opens in a Detroit suburb, followed by 17 more that same year; Sam Walton opens first Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Arkansas.
1966 Sebastian Kresge dies at age 99; Kmart has 162 stores.
1968 Wal-Mart begins opening stores outside of Arkansas.
1970 Wal-Mart opens first distribution center and headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas; chain has 38 stores.____________________