Walmart Distribution Center, Laurens, S.C., is a branch of Walmart Stores. Walmart Stores operate Walmart, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Clubs in all 50 states and internationally. Walmart had been named Retailer of the Century by Discount Store News; made Fortune magazine s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For; and was ranked on Financial Times Most Respected in the World list. From modest beginnings in northwestern Arkansas, Walmart has grown to become a worldwide household name. Millions of people worldwide enjoy the rewards of shopping with Walmart. From its first international store in 1991 the chain has grown to more than 1,500 stores in nine countries. Walmart International currently operates stores and clubs employing more than 330,000 associates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. Walmart also owns Seiyu, Ltd., a leading Japanese retailer.