Opportunities for Supermarkets in Costa Rica  

Ongoing and projected investments indicate that there is still room for small and medium enterprises.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Small and medium sized supermarket chains are expanding in the greater metropolitan area.

One example is Super Mora, a mini chain of supermarkets from Puriscal which in 2014 will be expanding into Santa Ana, where there are plans to invest $3.7 million in the construction of a 7000 m² square which will include a main supermarket, commercial stores and parking areas. Super Mora is known to be competing with Auto Mercado, which recently opened a 2,600 m² store in Escazu.

Other shops of this type which are also growing are ASUN, Uscosa, Luperon, Coopeagri, and the convenience stores Deli Mart and Quickstop. "It's an industry that is just beginning to unfold, there is still enough room for new competitors," said Flavia Loeb, responsible for publicity and marketing at Deli Mart.

"Data from the research firm Euromonitor International reveals that, in 2012, supermarkets generated $1.59 billion in sales and convenience stores $78.7 million," noted an article in Elfinancierocr.com.

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More Investments in Convenience Stores

September 2014

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.

Rise of Prepared Meals in Costa Rica

August 2013

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).

New AutoMercado Supermarket in Costa Rica

December 2010

The supermarket chain opened its store number 14 in the country, investing over $ 1.8 million.

The new supermarket is located in the town of Tres Rios and has a commercial area of 1,800 square meters as well as parking for 140 vehicles.

The new structure, which has 8 independent stores, will create 120 new jobs.

Three New Wal-Mart Stores in Costa Rica

July 2009

Under the "Pali" brand, Wal-Mart inaugurated supermarkets in Coto Brus, Puerto Viejo de Limón and Nandayure, Guanacaste.

With these three new stores opened in June, Wal-Mart now has 127 "Pali" stores in Costa Rica.

From La Prensa Libre´s website: "Each now opening generates direct jobs in the communities,...

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