The expected growth for this year is similar to that seen in the previous two years.
Jose Fernandez, CEO of FrancorpGuatemala, told Prensa Libre that among companies showing interest in entering the Guatemalan market "... are Colombian Velez and Mario Hernandez (leather), El Corral (burgers), Leña y Carbón (restaurant), while from Spain are mentioned Nisako (women accessories) and Cortefiel (boutique). From Brazil they expect the brand Track 1 shoes."
The Al Macarone chain has opened four new restaurants and expects to add another 13 by the end of the year.
Since beginning operations in 1977 the chain has inaugurated 62 restaurants, of which 11 operate as a franchise.
"We expect to have a total of 75 establishments by the end of 2010 and also start investing in the rest of the Central American isthmus using the franchise model," explained Francisco Farjardo, Al Macarone's head of franchise operations, to Elperiodico.com.gt.
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