2 doors of Wal-Mart founder's first store donated to museums

     (AP) – Two doors from the first store owned by Wal-Mart

founder Sam Walton have been donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of

American History in Washington and The Wal-Mart Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.

     The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the doors from Walton’s first

shop were donated by the family of Gene Ivy, co-owner of Ivy Brothers

Construction, which renovated the store in Newport, Arkansas, in the 1960s.

     Alan Dranow, Wal-Mart Heritage Group’s senior director, says the doors are a

great find because nothing else was kept from the first shop owned by the man

who started the world’s largest retailer.

     The door sent to The Wal-Mart Museum is currently on display, illuminated by

lights in a case. The door’s wooden frame is scattered with scratched and nicks.


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