Hundreds of Walmart associates started their day before the sun came up to get breakfast at the UA campus before the day’s festivities.
Each country sported their flags and sang in their native language. However, all with one purpose: to support Walmart, which brought them to Northwest Arkansas.
One destination spot during their visit in NWA is the Walmart Museum at the Bentonville Square. It’s the town that saw the company start and prosper.
Tiffany Norwood, owner of the souvenir shop Bleachers, said she enjoys seeing their energy.
“They are excited to find somewhere that’s known as a big town but it has a small town feel to it,” she said.
Norwood’s business IS at the Bentonville Square and she said she does better this week than any other holiday.
“I get lots of people that are from other countries that may not speak the same language but they understand Bentonville,” Norwood said. “I have Bentonville souvenirs so they come in and they are excited to find stuff that says Bentonville on it.”
Cecil Turner, owner of The Station Cafe, Inc., said Walmart Shareholders week also benefits his restaurant.
‘Every year we look forward to this week with the shareholders being in town and certainly the other areas do especially I`m sure Fayetteville, which is where they have the festivities,” Turner said. “We all look forward to it.”
“It’s a good business week for us,” he said.
For associates and shareholders who reserve tickets, there will be a free concert at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville at 7 p.m. They’ll get to see classic rock bands Foreigner and Styx as well as former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.
It’s not open to the public.