March 13th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) According to documents and reports by local financial newspaper, El Financerio, the Ministry of Environment gave the green light to begin construction on Costa Rica’s first Sam’s Club, Walmart’s membership retail brand, on October 10th of last year.
The approval process began on January 12th of last year, and after additional documents, studies, and additional information requested by authorities as well as extensions requested by the company, authorities finally gave the green light to begin construction.
The Sam’s Club will be located in Curridabat, on a property of 187,917 square meters, with 6,567 square meters of retail space and will feature both above ground and below ground parking.
A Walmart spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the project, though the record is available to the public. In Costa Rica, Walmart-owned chains are operated under the corporate name, United Supermarkets Corporation.
Currently, PriceSmart is the only membership shopping warehouse operating in Costa Rica.
The Sam’s Club would be the first in the region.