The multinational retail company has announced the opening of 25 new stores in the country.
By the end of 2011, Walmart will open 25 new stores, bringing to 200 the total number in Guatemala. It will also carry out remodeling works at its hypermarket style stores branded Maxi Bodega and Despensa Familiar, according to Alberto Ebrard, executive vice-president and general manager for the firm's Mexican and Central American operations.
With an investment of $6.8 million the multinational retailer will open a second store under the Maxi Despensa format in July.
In a 1,600 square meter area the works being carried out are now 70% complete.
"In terms of employment opportunities, on Monday June 4, Walmart held a job fair attended by about 3,000 people from Santa Ana, from these around 60 will be recruited for middle management positions, administration and operational areas as such as cashiers, sales, warehouse staff and others.
With a $3.12 million investment, the multinational supermarket chain inaugurated the first of seven new stores planned for the second half of 2010.
Located at Mix Shopping Mall, in the City of San Cristóbal, the new facility has already created 91 jobs.
Marcio Cuevas, Wal-Mart corporate affairs manager, told Elperiodico.com.gt: “we’ll open seven new stores of our various brands (Supertiendas Paiz, Despensa Familiar, Maxi Bodega y ClubCo), in the second half of 2010”.
In 2010 the supermarket chain plans to open 30 business units in Central America.
Eduardo Solórzano, Wal-Mart’s new president and CEO for Latin America, explained that the investment plan comprises 26 discount stores, two warehouses and two supermarkets.
From Laprensa.com.ni: “Solórzano remarked that in addition to opening new stores, Wal-Mart will continue buying textile products from Nicaragua and Guatemala, and agricultural ones from Costa Rica, for example, to sell them in its stores in the United States and other countries”.
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