(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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