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Guanacaste, Costa Rica by Joseph Emanuelli

Real information and stories from Guanacaste , Costa Rica. Presneted by a long time expat living and working in Costa Rica
September Business Round Up

September has brought a lot of news on the business front here in Costa Rica. Not only have several major US franchise announced their opening dates here in Costa Rica for their flag ship stores with plans to open more country wide, one long awaited project was announced in the Guanacase Province of Costa Rica.

Water Kingdom coming to Guanacaste

That's right, what was considered to only be a rumor for the past several years has officially become reality! The $10 million water project is set to open it's doors in mid 2014 and will be located just south of Liberia and will feature multiple water slides, lagoon, mini golf, restaurants and much more! This is great news for family vacationers, providing a fun day trip just an hour away from the Papagayo's Gold Coast.

American Franchise Head to Costa Rica

In August it was the popular franchise Chucky Cheese that announced it's franchising rights being given to a Costa Rican business group, and yet September was not to be out done. Not only did Dairy Queen officially announce that they will be opening there first two store in San Jose with one being an ice cream only style store and one being a full restaurant, the Hard Rock Cafe prepared for it's big grand opening in San Jose with the announcement of a new beach themed Hard Rock Cafe to open its doors in the Guanacaste. The second location has not been set in stone but the Hard Rock Cafe reps did say they are currently considering two location, Playas del Coco and Tamarindo.

Conclusion

So what does this mean for the over all business climate in Costa Rica? Well I have always been one to base my conclusions on facts, and the fact is that in the past 6 months a half dozen American and European companies have either approved franchising rights, broken ground or opened their first location in Costa Rica. The only conclusion that this can lead me two is that the Costa Rican market is proving to be a valuable commodity for business and serves as a precursor for things yet to come. So get in while you can!

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 1:56 PM by Joseph A. Emanuelli

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