It's tough to survive in the face of arkansas giant wal-mart, but harps food stores (founded when sam walton was 12 years old) is putting up a fight. the company, which got its start when floy and harvard harp put down $500 cash and opened the first harp's cash grocery in 1930, operates about 65 grocery stores, mostly in arkansas but also in missouri and oklahoma. its stores, operating under the harps food stores and price cutter food warehouse banners, range in size from 13,000 to 63,000 sq. ft. and often feature bakeries, pharmacies, and meat departments. harps operated as a family-run chain until 2001 when it became an employee-owned business.