Wal-Mart Central America chooses Costa Rica

Starting January 2009, the corporate offices of Wal-Mart Central America will be set up in Costa Rica.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Executive Committee of the company will have their headquarters and corporate offices in Costa Rica.

Since 2001, when the alliance between La Fragua Guatemala and the United Supermarkets Corporation of Costa Rica was made, the company has kept the corporate offices of both of the original companies while it continue to integrate them into one regional company.

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Walmart Readies Image Change

March 2011

The corporation has begun the process of rebranding all of its supermarkets in the region.

In the next weeks consumers will start seeing the changes, as the corporation announced that the modifications will take place in the short term, while not detailing the specific changes that will be made.

New WalMart Stores in Costa Rica

November 2009

WalMart Central America will open 11 new stores in Costa Rica in 2010.

Marcos Samaha, president and CEO, explained that seven of them will operate under the 'Palí' brand, three under 'Mas X Menos' and one 'Maxi Bodega'.

"500 direct jobs will be created by these stores, which will be added to the total 9.200 employees the company has in Costa Rica.

Another Wal-Mart Store in El Salvador

March 2009

The investment of $1 million for the new Despensa Familiar (Family Pantry) store is part of the company’s expansion and investment plan in the country.

The operations manager of Family Pantries, Fabricio Molina, told La Prensa Gráfica: "In the next six months, the corporation (Wal-Mart Central America) will be opening six more stores which will be located in various parts of the country, including the capital.

Wal-Mart enters the pharmacy business in Costa Rica

September 2008

The company inaugurated its first pharmacy in Nicoya and plans to open four more during the remainder of this year.

Yolanda Fernández, the company's Corporate Relations Manager, indicated via a press release that they will open pharmacies in those those where there are currently none. This means that other pharmacies that are already operating inside stores such as Hipermas and Mas x Menos will keep their contracts.

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