AM-PM Supermarkets Grow in Costa Rica

With a $1 million investment, the chain will open 5 more stores by the end of 2009, including one with the Fresh Market brand.

Monday, July 27, 2009


The new stores of the chain, branded "AM-PM" and "Fresh Market", will be located in the Great Metropolitan Area, and will create some 80 jobs.

"Armando González, CEO of the chain, and Gastón Margery, COO, explained that the decision to expand the brand in the Metropolitan Area is in response to both market studies that show the potential of the area, and to the success of the company", wrote Sergio Arce A. for

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