Biggest Expands to Guatemala

The Salvadoran fast food chain opened its first restaurant in Guatemala, and it plans to open 3 more for 2010.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

With the creation of 55 jobs, the new Biggest restaurant will open in mid-June in Barberena, Santa Rosa. The chain plans to open another restaurant in the second half of 2009 or three in 2010.

According to, Olmedo Quintanilla, marketing manager, said that "the decision to open its first store here is due to the fact that the country reflects a stable economy and favorable conditions for investment, which leads to the beginning of its expansion into the rest of Central America."

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Fast food consumption has been reported to be worth more than $2.3 billion a year, and is the preferred choice for 7 out of 10 Guatemalans.

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Erick Cacacho, from the Los Cebollines chain commented: "Our clients have not stopped dining at our restaurants.

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