Message from Sam Walton
A hearty WELCOME to our Big K associates who are now on our Wal-Mart Team. As of August 14th, it should be official – we will have merged the Big K stores into our Wal-Mart Company. All of us in Wal-Mart welcome you! I’ve met with all your managers and district managers and have visited some of your stores. You’re our kind of folks, and we really appreciate your enthusiasm and your excellent attitude toward our new relationship.
I particularly would like to express my personal appreciation and respect to Mr. Jack Kuhn, Mr. Gus Kuhn, Mr. Gil Fox, Mr. Carl Goldstein, and their families for the help and support they have extended to us in making this merger successful. It has been a very difficult time for all, and were it not for their cooperation and supportive attitude it couldn’t have been done nearly so well.
Likewise, we now welcome the Kuhn families into our Wal-Mart family as some of our major stockholders. You and I must see to it that they’ll be pleased with their Wal-Mart investment which they received for their Big K stock ownership.
We’re completely sold on your potential. We welcome you as partners with Wal-Mart. You’ve already started to respond in a very remarkable way. Our Wal-Mart/Big K stores for the past two weeks have has a better than 25% increase in same store sales. “And it’s only the beginning” – I can hear you saying throughout Wal-Mart/Big K Country from Hilton Head, South Carolina to Union City, Tennessee. We do hear you, and we’re as excited as you all are about our prospects of converting your stores to 100% Wal-Marts and doubling and even tripling your sales and profitability within a reasonable time frame. We know you can do it!
Our scheduled conversion by our transition team and your district managers and regional managers, with the support of your distribution centers, is on plan, as our President, Jack Shewmaker, likes to say.
Let me quickly recap some of the amazing results already accomplished in our Wal-Mart/Big K conversion program, headed by Paul Carter, Ray Thomas, and with the help of everyone in Big K….
The thing I’m most pleased about is that except for a few key people sent in from Wal-Mart to provide some direction, the complete plan and conversion program will be carried out and executed by our new Wal-Mart/Big K associates.
As you know, Paul Carter, Ray Thomas and team will involve you in our program. We believe in “ultimate” communication and involvement of our associates in all phases of our business. So sound off as you and we develop our plans in the former Big K stores. Let us have your ideas on what we need to do in order to make our Wal-Mart/Big K’s the best retail store in each of our communities. Draw up your list of suggestions and pass them on to us. We will listen to you!
Once again, let me sincerely welcome you all to our Wal0Mart Company. I’m confident your stores will become really outstanding stores with excellent sales and profit performance by 1982. What do you say? - and I think I hear some of you saying “why wait ‘till ’82? – why not ’81?” Good luck, my friends! Go get those assorted Kmarts, Roses, TG&Y’s, Hecks and Dollar Stores. We’re behind you and will help you in every way possible – all 29,000 of us. Together we can do it!