Costa Rica Fact Sheet
Total retail units as of November 30, 2009: 170
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In September 2005, Walmart acquired a 33 1/3 percent interest in CARHCO from
the Dutch retailer Royal Ahold NV. In February 2006, Walmart increased its interest
to 51 percent and the name CARHCO was changed to Walmart Centroamérica.
Walmart Centroamérica is the region’s largest retailer, with more than 500 stores
and over 30,000 associates in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and
Walmart Centroamérica combines a long tradition of success of three pioneer
companies in the retail industry in their respective markets: La Fragua, founded in
1928 by Don Carlos Paiz Ayala, in Guatemala, Corporación de Supermercados
Unidos, founded in 1960 by Don Enrique Uribe Pagés, in Costa Rica, and Wal-Mart
Stores, Inc., founded in 1962 by Sam Walton, in Arkansas.
In November 2009, the company received an honorable mention from Amcham for
the Social Responsibility Program “Comer Más es Más Barato” (Save Money, Eat
In 2008, AMCHAM presented Walmart with the Community Contribution Award for
its work on sustainability. This is the third time Walmart has received this award.
In Costa Rica, opportunity means equal gender opportunities. Approximately 41
percent of our associates are women. Women occupy 34 percent of managerial
positions and 12 percent of positions at the office headquarters.
Opportunity also means benefits for associates. Walmart associates have access
to solidarity associations, as well as receive recognition for seniority and impactful
contributions to the company. Grass roots surveys indicate the company’s major
strength is its employment opportunities. Walmart associates recommend the
company as a good place to work.
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