QCOSTARICA BUSINESS – Stabucks says Costa Rica has become an increasingly promising market, and expects to open next year between three and four new cafes in the Gran Área Metropolitana (GAM) – San José Greater Metropolitan Area.
So said Monica Bianchini, general manager of Starbucks in Costa Rica, Monday at the opening of the fifth store located across from the Estadio Nacional, in La Sabana.
Bianchini added that the company is in the midst of negotiations for two new locations, one in downtown San José and another in Heredia. Both should be open in the second quarter of 2015.
“We are looking towards more growth. On the paper we plan three to four starts for next year,” she added.
The new Starbucks in La Sabana that officially opens to the public today, a 170 square metre (1800 sq. ft.) store located on the south corner of the new building under construction across from the national stadium, adds to the other four locations in: Avenida Escazú (Escazú), Plaza Lincoln (Moravia), Distrito 4 (Escazú) and Centro Comercial Plaza Freses (Curridabat).
The company employs 77 people in Costa Rica.
The franchise’s presence in Central America includes El Salvador and Guatemala. And next year it will open Panama. In fact eight Panamanian last September visited Costa Rica for training, according to Elfinancierocr.com