Wal-Mart’s history is like a curriculum vitae for the corporate founder Sam Walton. He started his discount store in 1950 by the name of Walton’s Five and Dime. Walton had earlier operated a Ben Franklin store in Newport - Arkansas. He franchised it from 1944 to 1950 and then relocated in 1950 to Bentonville in Arkansas. He continued his association with Ben Franklin but renamed the store to Walton’s Five and Dime.