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January 21, 2020

The Starts of Marts

The “K” in K-Mart is for the last name of founder Sebastian Spering Kresge. The first store was called the S.S. Kresge Company when opened in 1899.


Walmart stores are named for founder Sam Walton, who opened the first Walmart in 1962. He died in 1992, but the Walton family since has become the world’s wealthiest.


7-Eleven, formerly known as “Tote’m Store” adopted the name in 1946 to reflect its new hours of business (7am – 11pm) when very few stores had such long hours. Now the stores are open around the clock everywhere allowed by law.