In the last five years in Costa Rica the number of these types of outlets has increased by over 30%, and companies in the sector project continued growth in the medium term.
Sales at the 141 convenience stores operating in the country, according to figures from Euromonitor as reported by Nacion.com, have also grown significantly in the last 5 years, going from $44 million in 2010 to $178 million in 2015.
The dynamism and growth of the past two years is being maintained with the arrival of new competitors in a market which already totals 143 outlets in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica.
Added to well-known brands such as Fresh Market, AM PM and Vindi, all using the convenience store format, there are now local bakeries from the Musmanni chain, branded Musmanni Super Mini, owned by Florida Ice and Farm.
There is Increased investment in medium-sized commercial developments in the vicinity of residential areas.
Changes in people's habits, looking to cut commuting time from their place of work to their homes is influencing the investment decisions made by real estate developers who are focusing on building medium sized malls (between 1,000 and 5,000 m), located in the vicinity of residential areas and at high traffic points.
The supply of ready made meals in supermarkets and convenience stores is growing at the same rate as consumer demand.
"Current labor demands, stress, the global crisis, security and the limited time available are some of the causes of these changes," said Christian Morales, commercial manager of Grupo Gessa (a conglomerate operating the supermarkets , Perimercados, Jumbo, Super Compro, Turribásicos and Saretto).
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.