Expo to preview wholesale market

Expo Mercado Chorotega Friday will be a preview of coming attractions on the site of the proposed wholesale market in Sardinal. What is to take place is a farmer’s market where information will be distributed about the proposed $52.5 million market.

Lawmakers already have approve a $48 million loan with the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Centroamericana.

The event Friday is organized by the  Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, the Consejo Nacional de Producción and the Programa de Mercadeo Agropecuario.

Although the proposed project is called a wholesale market, the government also seems to plan retail outlets, too.

The market will be 50,855 square meters or 547,399 square feet. There would be room for 36 stores of 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) each to sell vegetables and 16 additional stores to sell meat.

Lawmakers said at the time the loan was approved that the facility would sell more than 58,000 tons of fruits, vegetables and grains, 5,880 tons of beef and pork, nearly 8,000 tons of chicken and eggs and 1,455 tons of seafood, presumably over a year.

Resident of some 11 cantons would benefit, said lawmakers.

Basically the government is seeking to go into competition with Walmart and its Mas x Menos, Maxi Palí and Palí chains. There is a Palí in Sardinal.

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