Thursday, November 03, 2005

Trivia question ... If Wal-Mart were a state, where would it rank in size?

If you took all of the Wal-Mart Supercenters, Discount Stores, and Neighborhood markets as well as all of Wal-Mart's distribution centers and put them all next to each other (laying them all out in a square) and then compared the overall size of the square to the size of the 50 States, where would Wal-Mart's size rank on the list of states from largest to smallest?

I posted the answer as the first comment to this entry.


Blogger Bobby said...

Okay, that was a bit of a trick question.

A lot of people think Wal-Mart is a lot larger than it really is. By this I mean when people conceptualize Wal-Mart in their minds (i.e. after you ask them the trivia question) they sometimes come up with enormously huge answers that are way off.

The answer to the question is 51st.

The smallest state in the Union is Rhode Island which has 1,045 square miles of land mass.

Wal-Mart has 23.4 square miles of retail and distribution space.

(That's building footprint space. I have not yet calculated the total square footage of Wal-Mart's parking space.)

You could fit all of Wal-Mart's retail and distribution space into the state of Rhode Island 44 times.

November 04, 2005 8:25 AM  
Anonymous aew said...

I am doing a project on Walmart and was wondering if you ever found out the size of a Walmart parking lot. I would be interested in knowing the total land space Walmart owns.

March 09, 2006 2:06 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Meanwhile, perhaps you might calculate how they compare financially to the 50 states. Or, how many state's gross income must be added together to equal that of Wal-Mart?

April 21, 2006 6:28 PM  

Good question

March 16, 2013 5:53 PM  

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