It’s official… ALL 50 STATES!!!

Hundreds of pictures later, I am so excited to announce… what started in the middle of the country (Oklahoma) has now gone coast to coast!! We officially have at least one #Sparking pic in a Walmart in EVERY single state in the U.S.!! Looking forward to seeing customers jump in and come up with some more creativity with the #SparkChallenge

**Don’t see your store… Comment and let us know where to find your store’s #Sparking pic (You can post it to your store’s Facebook and/or Instagram page via My Local Social)!!

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  • AlabamaClanton: 424
    • Springville: 3386
    • Sumiton: 2723
  • AlaskaWasilla: 2074
  • ArizonaBulkhead CityL 1370
    • Mesa: 5304
    • Prescott Valley: 3730
    • Tuscan: 5858
  • ArkansasHot Springs: 52
    • Paragold: 36
    • Rogers: 1 & 5260
  • CaliforniaDinuba: 5394
    • El Centro: 1555
    • Folsom: 1760
    • Hanford: 1645
    • Indio: 8958
    • Stockton: 3352
    • Tulare: 2536
    • Wasco: 5859
    • Visalia: 1826
  • ColoradoCanon City: 1019
  • ConnecticutOld Saybrook: 2898
  • DelawareGeorgetown: 2791
    • Rehoboth Beach: 2419
  • FloridaBayonet Point: 5266
    • Jacksonville: 4444
    • LaBelle: 6190
    • Lake Wales: 859
    • Melbourne: 956
    • Miami Gardens: 2907
    • Middleburg: 5802
    • North Port: 3387
    • Orlando: 1220
    • Pinellass Park: 4669
    • Tarpon Springs: 3415
    • Town ’n’ Country: 1482
  • GeorgiaAlpharetta: 4436
    • Cedartown: 727
    • Macon: 1076
    • Rome: 658 & 5151
  • HawaiiKailua Kona: 2321
    • Honolulu: 3145
  • IdahoGarden City: 2861
    • Meridian: 3093
  • IllinoisBradley: 1307
    • Canton: 713
    • Elgin: 1814
    • Galena: 5044
    • Galesburg: 775
    • Orland Hills: 1556
    • Rockford: 1955
    • Rockton: 3837
    • Round Lake Beach: 1228
    • Sparta: 222
  • IndianaBoonville: 566
    • Fort Wayne: 1419
    • Goshen: 1378
    • Jasper: 870
    • Portage: 2544
    • Tell City: 1676
    • Vincennes: 492
  • IowaCedar Rapids: 1528
    • Clinton: 2889
    • Sioux Center: 1152
  • KansasGreat Bend: 770
    • Overland Park: 1691
    • Paola: 242
  • KentuckyMaysville: 1569
    • Morehead: 1139
    • Mount Sterling: 1140
    • Princeton: 204
  • LouisianaMansura: 1128
    • Minden: 87
  • MainePresque Isle: 1924
  • MarylandEaston: 1715
    • Dundalk: 2435
    • Waldorf: 1717
  • MassachusettsChicopee: 5278
    • North Oxford: 2012
    • Orange: 2329
  • MichiganCadillac: 1432
    • Ironwood: 5444
    • Plainwell: 2061
    • Sault Sainte Marie: 1936
    • Taylor: 2912
    • White Lake: 2700
  • MinnesotaBemidji: 3233
  • MississippiBooneville: 114
    • Gulfport: 6165
    • New Albany: 153
  • MissouriLamar: 338
    • Nixa: 2702
    • Perryville: 82
    • Republic: 1009
  • MontanaButte: 1901
  • NebraskaCrete: 4322
    • Fairbury: 418
  • NevadaReno: 4239
  • New HampshireSalem: 2142
  • New JerseyBridgeton: 5384
    • Woodbridge: 5281
  • New MexicoAlbuquerque: 831
    • Rio Rancho:
  • New YorkRochester: 2859
    • Victor: 2785
  • North CarolinaHillsborough: 1191
    • Waynesville: 1663
  • North DakotaBismarck: 1534
  • OhioCincinnati: 3656
    • Coshocton: 1937
    • Gallipolis: 2605
    • Hamilton: 3502
    • Jackson: 1519
  • OklahomaAda: 231
    • Broken Arrow: 4637
    • Broken Bow: 117
    • Catoosa: 3055
    • Cleveland: 207
    • Duncan: 1116
    • Edmond: 389
    • Glenpool: 4615
    • Idabel: 38
    • Pauls Valley: 1043
    • Oklahoma City: 1626
    • Sand Springs: 838
    • Tulsa: 1597
  • OregonHappy Valley: 5440
    • Salem: 1920
  • PennsylvaniaEdinboro: 3253
    • Gibsonia: 2603
    • Greenville: 2674
    • Hazleton: 2255
    • Mill Hall: 2528
    • New Castle: 2287
  • Rhode IslandCoventry: 2283
  • South CarolinaCamden: 634
    • Florence: 630
    • Rock Hill: 4593
  • South DakotaPierre: 1685
  • TennesseeDyersburg: 677
    • Jefferson City: 724
    • Knoxville: 1320
  • TexasBedford: 1178
    • Converse: 5144
    • Gun Barrel City: 516
    • Houston: 768
    • Hurst: 5080
    • Los Fresnos: 2765
    • McAllen: 397
    • Pampa: 600
    • Penitas: 4508
    • Wichita Falls: 420
  • UtahCedar City: 1438
    • Spanish Fork: 3988
  • VermontBennington: 2289
  • VirginiaAppomattox: 4636
    • Franklin: 2705
    • Fredericksburg: 4258 & 2520
    • Henrico: 7032
    • Norton: 1302
    • Stafford: 2438
  • WashingtonEphrata: 3260
    • Federal Way: 2571
    • Mount Pleasant: 2196
    • Oak Harbor: 2319
    • Othello: 3217
  • West VirginiaLewisburg: 1499
  • WisconsinDelafield: 1678
    • Eau Claire: 1669
    • Greenfield: 1394
    • Kenosha: 1167
    • Manitowoc: 1449
    • Marinette: 2545
    • Monroe: 802
    • New Richmond: 5432
    • Shawano: 2271
    • Sheboygan: 3324
    • Wisconsin Rapids: 1202
  • WyomingGillette: 1485

**The very first Spark picture below… Tulsa, Oklahoma!!

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#BeTheSpark

Well, it’s official… Did you see this month’s Walmart World!?

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As the #SparkChallenge continues to grow we decided to start a post with the current stores world wide that have sent in a Spark pic as well as a recent video with a hundred of our favorites. Don’t know what this even means? Click here to read about the challenge and how it started!

P.S. If you’re a Sam’s Club associate we didn’t want you to feel left out… So below is a pic of the fun trend we were proposing, if you like it, get on board: #DoubleDiamondChallenge

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*This post will update weekly with new updates (until we’re 100%).

United States:
**Don’t see your store… Comment and let us know where to find your store’s #Sparking pic!! We will continue to update as we see them, currently reviewing THOUSANDS of pics looking for the remaining states.

  • Alabama
    • Clanton: 424
    • Springville: 3386
    • Sumiton: 2723
  • Alaska
    • Wasilla: 2074
  • Arizona
    • Mesa: 5304
    • Prescott Valley: 3730
    • Tuscan: 5858
  • Arkansas
    • Hot Springs: 52
    • Paragold: 36
    • Rogers: 1 & 5260
  • California
    • Dinuba: 5394
    • El Centro: 1555
    • Folsom: 1760
    • Hanford: 1645
    • Indio: 8958
    • Stockton: 3352
    • Tulare: 2536
    • Wasco: 5859
    • Visalia: 1826
  • Colorado
    • Canon City: 1019
  • Connecticut
    • Old Saybrook: 2898
  • Delaware
  • Florida
    • Bayonet Point: 5266
    • Jacksonville: 4444
    • LaBelle: 6190
    • Lake Wales: 859
    • Melbourne: 956
    • Miami Gardens: 2907
    • Middleburg: 5802
    • North Port: 3387
    • Orlando: 1220
    • Pinellass Park: 4669
    • Tarpon Springs: 3415
    • Town ’n’ Country: 1482
  • Georgia
    • Alpharetta: 4436
    • Cedartown: 727
    • Macon: 1076
    • Rome: 658 & 5151
  • Hawaii
    • Kailua Kona: 2321
    • Honolulu: 3145
  • Idaho
    • Garden City: 2861
    • Meridian: 3093
  • Illinois
    • Bradley: 1307
    • Canton: 713
    • Elgin: 1814
    • Galena: 5044
    • Galesburg: 775
    • Orland Hills: 1556
    • Rockford: 1955
    • Rockton: 3837
    • Round Lake Beach: 1228
    • Sparta: 222
  • Indiana
    • Boonville: 566
    • Fort Wayne: 1419
    • Goshen: 1378
    • Jasper: 870
    • Portage: 2544
    • Tell City: 1676
    • Vincennes: 492
  • Iowa
    • Cedar Rapids: 1528
    • Clinton: 2889
    • Sioux Center: 1152
  • Kansas
    • Great Bend: 770
    • Overland Park: 1691
    • Paola: 242
  • Kentucky
    • Maysville: 1569
    • Morehead: 1139
    • Mount Sterling: 1140
    • Princeton: 204
  • Louisiana
    • Mansura: 1128
    • Minden: 87
  • Maine
    • Presque Isle: 1924
  • Maryland
    • Easton: 1715
    • Dundalk: 2435
    • Waldorf: 1717
  • Massachusetts
    • Chicopee: 5278
    • North Oxford: 2012
    • Orange: 2329
  • Michigan
    • Cadillac: 1432
    • Ironwood: 5444
    • Plainwell: 2061
    • Sault Sainte Marie: 1936
    • Taylor: 2912
    • White Lake: 2700
  • Minnesota
    • Bemidji: 3233
  • Mississippi
    • Booneville: 114
    • Gulfport: 6165
    • New Albany: 153
  • Missouri
    • Lamar: 338
    • Nixa: 2702
    • Republic: 1009
  • Montana
    • Butte: 1901
  • Nebraska
    • Crete: 4322
    • Fairbury: 418
  • Nevada
    • Reno: 4239
  • New Hampshire
    • Salem: 2142
  • New Jersey
    • Bridgeton: 5384
    • Woodbridge: 5281
  • New Mexico
    • Albuquerque: 831
    • Rio Rancho:
  • New York
    • Rochester: 2859
    • Victor: 2785
  • North Carolina
    • Hillsborough: 1191
    • Waynesville: 1663
  • North Dakota
    • Bismarck: 1534
  • Ohio
    • Cincinnati: 3656
    • Coshocton: 1937
    • Gallipolis: 2605
    • Hamilton: 3502
    • Jackson: 1519
  • Oklahoma
    • Ada: 231
    • Broken Arrow: 4637
    • Broken Bow: 117
    • Catoosa: 3055
    • Cleveland: 207
    • Duncan: 1116
    • Edmond: 389
    • Glenpool: 4615
    • Idabel: 38
    • Pauls Valley: 1043
    • Oklahoma City: 1626
    • Sand Springs: 838
    • Tulsa: 1597
  • Oregon
    • Happy Valley: 5440
    • Salem: 1920
  • Pennsylvania
    • Edinboro: 3253
    • Gibsonia: 2603
    • Greenville: 2674
    • Hazleton: 2255
    • Mill Hall: 2528
    • New Castle: 2287
  • Rhode Island
    • Coventry: 2283
  • South Carolina
    • Camden: 634
    • Florence: 630
    • Rock Hill: 4593
  • South Dakota
    • Pierre: 1685
  • Tennessee
    • Dyersburg: 677
    • Jefferson City: 724
    • Knoxville: 1320
  • Texas
    • Bedford: 1178
    • Converse: 5144
    • Gun Barrel City: 516
    • Houston: 768
    • Hurst: 5080
    • Los Fresnos: 2765
    • McAllen: 397
    • Pampa: 600
    • Penitas: 4508
    • Wichita Falls: 420
  • Utah
    • Cedar City: 1438
    • Spanish Fork: 3988
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
    • Appomattox: 4636
    • Franklin: 2705
    • Fredericksburg: 4258 & 2520
    • Henrico: 7032
    • Norton: 1302
    • Stafford: 2438
  • Washington
    • Ephrata: 3260
    • Federal Way: 2571
    • Mount Pleasant: 2196
    • Oak Harbor: 2319
    • Othello: 3217
  • West Virginia
    • Lewisburg: 1499
  • Wisconsin
    • Delafield: 1678
    • Eau Claire: 1669
    • Greenfield: 1394
    • Kenosha: 1167
    • Manitowoc: 1449
    • Marinette: 2545
    • Monroe: 802
    • New Richmond: 5432
    • Shawano: 2271
    • Sheboygan: 3324
    • Wisconsin Rapids: 1202
  • Wyoming

International:

  • Canada
  • Costa Rica (Central America)
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico 
  • United Kingdom (Europe)

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19 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became A Store Manager

The following is a letter I received from my friend and Store Manager – Chris Addison (Store 4615, Glenpool, Oklahoma).  It was so good, I asked if I could share it with you!

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There are several things you need to know before walking into your first store.  This isn’t a list of expectations for your team, simply ideas and thoughts for you to think about before you get going…

  1. Trust in yourself, believe in yourself, be confident that you are the best person for the store. People will not follow weakness, they will follow “trust.”
  2. You make the decision every morning on what kind of mood you’re going to be in, and in doing so, you set the tone for the store.
  3. Don’t be so proud you won’t reach out for help or ask questions.
  4. Your new store was a team before you got there and will be a team after you leave. They don’t have to prove anything to you.
  5. Enable your managers and associates to be successful. Find and then eliminate opportunities for failure.
  6. You must have compassion–what is small to you may be huge to your associates.
  7. Have patience and humility. It’s not always going to go your way, they won’t always hit a home run, help build them up so they can.
  8. Believe in and practice affirmation daily. People love to be recognized and told “thank you.”
  9. Listen… Give people (associates and customers) your undivided attention. People love to be heard.
  10. You can’t show your frustration–even when everyone else is. You cannot sit back and complain when times get tough. You have to be the positive force that changes the tide. Negative breeds negative.
  11. Have clear and open lines of communication. Be approachable, or you will get blind-sided.
  12. Teach, learn, and share successes, as well as, failures. Show ownership in the good and the bad.
  13. Being a leader isn’t about micro-managing, and it has zero to do with the title you hold. It’s the ability to make people want to do better for themselves as well as the customer.
  14. As a leader, you have to take a step back from your impulsive, emotional reactions, and instead operate from a place of calm understanding.
  15. True leadership is the ability to communicate with and effectively reach each and every person you work with, in the way that works best for each of them. Note: no two people are the same.
  16. When no-one else knows what to do next, lead by example.
  17. When everyone else is out of gas, your job is to inject more fuel. Never show them your quit.
  18. Do not forget that “different” does not necessarily mean “wrong,” and what motivates you isn’t what is going to motivate everyone else.
  19. Invest IN what you expect to get OUT.