Rise of Convenience Stores

In Costa Rica the small open-all-hours convenience store format is booming, with the entry of new players to the market.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The chain Automercados is to open convenience stores in a format which as yet is not known, although the company is currently building a dozen stores in several malls.

Diego Alonso, commercial vice president of Automercado told Elfinancierocr.com that more would be revealed about the topic in the coming days.

Now, Automercados will compete directly with the AMPM convenience chains and Fresh Market, both owned by Inversiones AMPM and which are the dominators of this market segment.

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Opportunities for Supermarkets in Costa Rica  

August 2013

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

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.

Supermarket Chain Opens Convenience Store

July 2012

In Costa Rica the Auto Mercado supermarket chain has announced the opening of 18 "Vindi" convenience stores before the end of 2013.

The company opened its first store in San Joaquin de Flores, Heredia and the second opening is scheduled for next week in Santa Anta, Lindora.

Supermarket Chain Announces Expansion in Costa Rica

January 2012

The Automercado chain has announced the opening of four new stores this year and next.

Once permits have been obtained from the municipality of Santo Domingo de Heredia, construction of one of the new supermarkets will begin, said the chain's vice president Diego Alonso.

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.

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