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Entry from February 22, 2013
Wally Martinez (Walmart nickname)

Walmart is a chain retail store that was founded by Sam Walton in 1962. The Walmart nickname of “Wally Martinez” has been cited in print since at least 1998 and is often said to be popular in south Texas, but it’s now nationally known.

Other Walmart nicknames include “Walfart” and “Wally World.”


Wikipedia: Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), branded as Walmart since 2008 and Wal-Mart before then, is an American public multinational corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company was the world’s largest public corporation in 2010 by revenue.

The company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962, incorporated on October 31, 1969, and publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. Wal-Mart, headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, is the largest majority private employer Walmart is also the largest grocery retailer in the United States. In 2009, it generated 51% of its US$258 billion sales in the U.S. from grocery business. It also owns and operates the Sam’s Club retail warehouses in North America.

Walmart has 8,500 stores in 15 countries, under 55 different names.

Google Groups: rec.models.rockets
Armando Flores
6/22/98
(...)
Like many fellow rocketeers, I bought an RTF at Wally Martinez or Toys R Us and the kit came apart after 2 flights.

Google Groups: alt.rock-n-roll.metal.oldschool
Triple...@hotmail.com
7/8/02
“BrutalNoodle” wrote in message
> > *sigh* Wally World: The Cultural Mecca of the south.
> >
> Wally world is the same all over. No better birth
> control than a trip to Wal-Mart!
Is not the same all over. I’ve been to wal-marts in little texas border towns that are very different.... Their derogatory name isn’t “Wally World” its “Wally Martinez” (???)

City-Data Forum—Texas
NOTAM
05-10-2007, 11:18 PM
this is a list i just started....mind you, i am a newcomer here (North Texan)...so i am just learning...feel free to correct/add to the list (i will add as i think of more)!

You know you’re in South Texas when........

Instead of saying “I’m going to Walmart”, you say, “I’m going to Wally Martinez”

Yelp (Austin, TX)
2/19/2009
Fun nicknames or slang for businesses, food, and products
Ruben “Viva Los Amigos!!!!” L. says:
Desparado’s (on Rundberg & Lamar) = Desparate Vatos.
Taco Bell = Taco Hell = Taco Smell
Sherlocks = Locks
Wal-mart = Wally martinez

Twitter
Tim Gordon
‏@TGTINT
Hates going to wally martinez aka walmart
8:45 PM - Jun 8, 2009

Roots and Rings
Bless My Heart
August 25, 2009 at 9:10 am
(...)
I learned a new saying a couple months ago. I was in a little city in south Texas called Alice. It’s a stone’s throw from the border and it’s common to go to the local Wally Martinez (that’s Walmart in other parts of the country) and see men in Wranglers and boots.

AYPsite.org Forums
Etherfish
Posted - Apr 16 2012 :  1:44:17 PM
Maybe your ipad does it’s own practices - “i-ritual”

I know what you’re going thru - I could search for something extremely normal, and Google asks me “Are you sure you don’t mean “(something extremely abnormal and spelled wrong too)?”

Like maybe i will search for “Walmart”, and it will say “Are you sure you don’t mean Sr. Wally Martinez in San Antonio, Tx?”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, February 22, 2013 • Permalink