RiffRaff/Sutton Building

RiffRaff/Sutton Building

Tour Stop 2

RiffRaff/Sutton Building

Although there was originally a 1-story wooden grocery store on this site, behind the covered-up building next door is a 2-story brick building built about 1895 by George Sutton. He sold harnesses and saddles on the first floor and rented the 2nd floor for a tailor shop. 

In 1905 it became the first home of Guisinger's Music store and was later a FW Woolworth, a Kroger's grocery store, and a Walton's Five & Dime (hmmm, does that name sound familiar?). Sam Walton opened a store here in 1952, and it was his first store outside of Bentonville. Some of the locals didn't think it would last long, and Willard Walker, the first manager who took the job for a percentage of the profits, was told by his previous employer that a percentage of nothing would still be nothing. Walton's Five & Dime later became Walmart, with over 10,000 stores worldwide, employing over 2 million people, and is perhaps the largest company in the world.

Photo Courtesy of: Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville
History provided by: Gary Coover, Coover Consultants

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