Belizeans have another reason to go on a shopping frenzy in Chetumal, especially this Christmas season, as one of the world's largest public companies, Walmart - with 8,500 stores in 15 countries, with 55 different names opened its doors for business in Chetumal, Q. Roo, Mexico.
“From today and onwards we are going to be open 365 days a year,” stated Luis Doncel, Business Manager of Walmart to 7 News. “I think it was a big expectation because it's the first Walmart in Chetumal and at the same time we think it's going to be the only Wal Mart in Chetumal in the coming years. According to the population, the market will be closed in the next 5-7 years for a new mall to open, so we consider it was a great deal to install in here."
Even though Walmart is the main store at the Plaza Bahia commercial center, there are 39 other commercial premises own by different businesses including coffee shops, photo studios, banks and food courts, to name a few. Walmart is located on Avenida Insurgentes, up the boulevard from the Mall Plaza de las Americas and opens everyday from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
The company, Walmart, operates under its own name in the United States, including the 50 states. Walmart operates over 1,410 retail outlets in Mexico including restaurants and supermarkets, under the names Walmart, Superama, Suburbia, VIPS, Sam's Club and Bodega Aurrerá. The company is now Mexico's largest private sector employer. It competes fiercely with Soriana, Comercial Mexicana, Chedraui, H-E-B, Casa Ley, and S-Mart.