Big retail store the highway Pricesmart?

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Well, some of the larger stores in Punta Cana/Bávaro probably have sales of over US$100,000 a year, but many of the larger stores/supermarkets belong to regional or national chains. For some such as Iberia, the Bávaro store is not its biggest store (that one is its main one in San Pedro de Macorís), Grupo Ramos only has one Sirena Market (previous Super Pola) and not a full Sirena like the one on Luperón Ave in the Capital (the closest Sirena being in Higüey proper; they also have one Sriena Market/Super Pola in other expat hotspots such as Sosúa and Las Terrenas), the Olé in Ciudad Bávaro isn't as big as other Olé supermarkets in Santo Domingo, etc. Jumbo does have a full store in Downtown Mall, but a simple visit to the place at any time reveals most of the customers to be Dominicans and not foreigners. Chances are high the store is there because of the Dominicans more so than the foreigners, though it's more likely to see foreigners in that store than in say their store in San Pedro de Macorís, IMO.) To make matters more interesting, most of them (to not say all of them) are only one store of the multiple stores they own elsewhere in the country, meaning that none of them probably represent company wide sales as do all their other stores combined or their bigger stores elsewhere.
 
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Well, some of the larger stores in Punta Cana/Bávaro probably have sales of over US$100,000 a year, but many of the larger stores/supermarkets belong to regional or national chains. For some such as Iberia, the Bávaro store is not its biggest store (that one is its main one in San Pedro de Macorís), Grupo Ramos only has one Sirena Market (previous Super Pola) and not a full Sirena like the one on Luperón Ave in the Capital (the closest Sirena being in Higüey proper; they also have one Sriena Market/Super Pola in other expat hotspots such as Sosúa and Las Terrenas), the Olé in Ciudad Bávaro isn't as big as other Olé supermarkets in Santo Domingo, etc. To make matters more interesting, most of them (to not say all of them) are only one store of the multiple stores they own elsewhere in the country, meaning that none of them probably represent company wide sales as do all their other stores combined or their bigger stores elsewhere.
$100,000 a year. Nacional and Jumbo do that in less than a week. True Iberia is not even close to the two I just mentioned in size and stock. But you are nowhere close on your estimate..........
 

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Well, some of the larger stores in Punta Cana/Bávaro probably have sales of over US$100,000 a year, but many of the larger stores/supermarkets belong to regional or national chains. For some such as Iberia, the Bávaro store is not its biggest store (that one is its main one in San Pedro de Macorís), Grupo Ramos only has one Sirena Market (previous Super Pola) and not a full Sirena like the one on Luperón Ave in the Capital (the closest Sirena being in Higüey proper; they also have one Sriena Market/Super Pola in other expat hotspots such as Sosúa and Las Terrenas), the Olé in Ciudad Bávaro isn't as big as other Olé supermarkets in Santo Domingo, etc. Jumbo does have a full store in Downtown Mall, but a simple visit to the place at any time reveals most of the customers to be Dominicans and not foreigners. Chances are high the store is there because of the Dominicans more so than the foreigners, though it's more likely to see foreigners in that store than in say their store in San Pedro de Macorís, IMO.) To make matters more interesting, most of them (to not say all of them) are only one store of the multiple stores they own elsewhere in the country, meaning that none of them probably represent company wide sales as do all their other stores combined or their bigger stores elsewhere.
Jumbo is in Agora, the store in Downtown Center is Carrefour.
 

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The more volume of produce commodities transported in one trip, i.e., full container load, brings the cost per unit down.

Does not matter whether or not the drivers were sindicato. Years back the cost of the same food goods bought in Punta Cana were cheaper in Miches or Sabana de la Mar. The cost of goods in Punta Cana have always been expensive. Residents of Punta Cana including this poster have made peace with the costs calling them a tourist tax. The addition of the Coral Highway has made transport between Punta Cana & Santo Domingo less costly and swifter. However, the savings have not been passed on to the local end consumers. One cause of the high costs in Punta Cana is greed.

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The other cause of high costs in PC on items is perhaps Because it is a BETTER product. Remember that all important saying.,,You GEt What You Pay for. But yes indeed you can practically smell the greed around here! And for so very many products Nacional is the best here. We also have Cuesta next to Nacional with pretty good offers sometimes.
 

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Jumbo is in Agora, the store in Downtown Center is Carrefour.
Downtown Mall is in Bávaro (close to the Coco Loco intersection). Downtown Center is another mall but in Santo Domingo. The two have nothing to do with each other, not even the owners (main owner of Downtown Center is Puerto Rican while the ones of Downtown Mall is a mixture of Dominicans and Venezuelans.)

Ironically, the main owner and creator of San Juan Shopping Center, which basically its property and the Down Town Punta Cana complex are immediate neighbors) is Puerto Rican. In fact, he named the shopping center San Juan in honor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Notice that one has a more American look and feel, similar in the shopping centers in Puerto Rico. Even the palms they use aren’t native to the DR (I think they are Washingtonian which is native to a part of the US Southwest, not Caribbean at all.)
 
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Downtown Mall is in Bávaro (close to the Coco Loco intersection). Downtown Center is another mall but in Santo Domingo. The two have nothing to do with each other, not even the owners (main owner of Downtown Center is Puerto Rican while the ones of Downtown Mall is a mixture of Dominicans and Venezuelans.)

Ironically, the main owner and creator of San Juan Shopping Center, which basically its property and the Down Town Punta Cana complex are immediate neighbors) is Puerto Rican. In fact, he named the shopping center San Juan in honor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Notice that one has a more American look and feel, similar in the shopping centers in Puerto Rico. Even the palms they use aren’t native to the DR (I think they are Washingtonian which is native to a part of the US Southwest, not Caribbean at all.)
Thanks for the clarification. BTW, the owner of Downtown center is not a Puerto Rican but a USA citizen who lives in PR who owns Caribbean Cinema.
 
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NALs

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Unidos PC will open tomorrow. Their first store outside SD.

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Thanks for the clarification. BTW, the owner of Downtown center is not a Puerto Rican but a USA citizen who lives in PR who owns Caribbean Cinema.
All Puerto Rico residents are US citizens.
 

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But not all US citizens are Puerto Rican.
The case of him is slightly different, similar to many Dominicans who are born in the USA because their mothers went from SD to the USA solely to give birth and once dispatched returned to the DR with the new baby. The Caribbean Cinemas company wasn't founded by the current head of that company, rather his father in San Juan, PR.