By Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan
Native Threads merchandise can now be purchased at nearly 130 Wal-Mart locations.
“I’ll be honest it is still very surreal,” said Chris Rubio, Wholesale manager for Native Threads. “Every time I see our stuff in Wal-Mart I get that good feeling inside and can’t believe it's really happened.”
Many of the additional stores are located in the Northwest, but Oklahoma has the most stores of any state.
Rubio said Wal-Mart has expressed interest in selling Native Threads merchandise on Walmart.com and Walmart.ca (Wal-Mart's Canadian online store). Native Threads is also designing a spring line for Walmart.
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Native Threads President Randy Bardwell, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, said his company basically "busted the door down at Walmart" because a process he was told that takes years took Native Threads only six months.
"We did it really fast, and the reason it happened so fast is because we were able to put good information together for Walmart," he said.
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