New Investments in Clothing Stores

In Costa Rica, AR Retail company plans to invest $6.2 million in the next few years to start up nine stores in the Greater Metropolitan Area.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The company's plan to commercialize the brands GAP, Banana Republic and Old Navy, is to launch the first two stores in 2019, another three in 2020 and the remaining four in the following years.

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Antonio Burgos, AR Retail director, told that "... Costa Rica is a very attractive market for the company, among other reasons, for being stable with optimal economic conditions to develop business. The country will be the gateway for brands in Central America and the Caribbean, since after making the openings in national territory, the company plans to open stores in Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the Dominican Republic."

Burgos added that "... The competition is healthy, we are very pleased with the presence of other fashion brands in the country. In our case, we will stand out by offering competitive prices and a product that is very well positioned in the minds of consumers."

Figures from the Trade Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData show that during the first quarter of 2018 the main importer of clothing and accessories in Central America was Panama, with $112 million, followed by Costa Rica, with $67 million, El Salvador, with $65 million, Guatemala with $48 million, Honduras with $29 million and Nicaragua, with $12 million.

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