Bids will be sought in a few days for the $53 million wholesale market in Sardinal, Carrillo, on the Pacific coast.
Casa Presidencial said that there will be two bid requests. The first is to build the center, and the second is to inspect the project as it goes up.
Government officials outlined the timetable last week while President Luis Guillermo Solís toured the province of Guanacaste. The bulk of the money will be borrowed from the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica, and the bank requires close inspections.
Winners of the bidding are expected to be made known by the end of the year, said officials.
Although such a big project might seem unusual on the Pacific coast, Casa Presidencial said that the market would benefit 400,000 inhabitants in 12 cantons and handle the goods of 17,500 producers. Officials also said they hope to create 500 jobs.