At two months time the chain will open two new stores, adding about 12 thousand square meters of retail space.
According to an article in Elmundo.com.sv, Claudia Ibanez, manager of corporate affairs for Walmart, said: "The shops will be located in Colonia Escalon and Mejicanos, having an investment of $25 million each."
Several years after requesting permits, the multinational has received permission to build a new supermarket in Mejicanos, with an investment of $15 million.
Last May, Claudia Ibanez, manager of corporate affairs at Walmart El Salvador, told the media that four years ago, the Ministry of Environment approved the construction. The permit was then sent to the mayor of the municipality for approval to build, but three years passed and no response was given. When it finally came, it was to tell them that they must again get permission from the Ministry of Environment.
A spokeswoman for the chain said that after three years the municipality of Mejicanos still has not given permission for a site which means an investment of $15 million.
The article in Laprensagrafica.com on Friday May 13, reported that Claudia Ibáñez, manager of corporate affairs at Walmart, El Salvador, reported that "four years ago permission was sought from the Ministry of the Environment and this was granted. The permit was taken to the mayor of the municipality for approval to build, but after three years there was still no answer. When at last there was one, it was to inform them that they must re-arrange the permit with the Ministry of Environment again, but this to date has not been granted. "
31 Salvadoran entrepreneurs presented their products to Wal-Mart executives, at the Business Round organized by the multi-national company.
The event “Business Round” is part of Wal-Mart’s program “A hand to grow.” Claudia de Ibáñez, Manager of Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart Central America, commented to Laprensagrafica.com that “something that is worth underlining is that the support of family businesses stimulates job growth. Through this project, 45 producers have joined the Wal-Mart’s network of suppliers who provide more than 100 products, such as coffee, corn derivatives, or Jamaican Rose Wine.”