PriceSmart buys property in Panama and Costa Rica

The Company plans the construction of new PriceSmart Warehouse Clubs and the development of adjoining Commercial Centers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


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On September 24, 2008 PriceSmart acquired 13,162 square meters of real estate in Panama City, Panama, upon which the Company plans to construct and operate a new PriceSmart Warehouse Club. Typically, PriceSmart land requirements are approximately 20,000 square meters. The new Panama City location will be constructed on two levels, parking at grade level and the building on the second level. An existing PriceSmart Warehouse Club in Panama City, Panama (known as the Los Pueblos Club) will be relocated to this new site, and the Company will thereby continue to operate four Warehouse Clubs in Panama. It is currently anticipated that the new PriceSmart Warehouse Club will open in the fall of 2009.

PriceSmart concurrently entered into an agreement with an entity controlled by local Panamanian businessmen to jointly own and operate a Commercial Center adjacent to this new PriceSmart Warehouse Club, with the Company and the Panamanian entity each owning a 50% interest in the Commercial Center. On September 24, 2008, 38,331 square meters of real estate were acquired, upon which the Center will be constructed. It is currently anticipated that the Center will commence commercial operations in the fall of 2009.

Additionally, on September 29, 2008 PriceSmart acquired 21,576 square meters of real estate in Alajuela, Costa Rica (near San Jose), upon which the Company plans to construct and operate a new PriceSmart Warehouse Club, which will be its fifth in Costa Rica. It is currently anticipated that the new PriceSmart Warehouse Club will open in the spring of 2009.

PriceSmart concurrently entered into an agreement with an entity controlled by local Costa Rican businessmen to jointly own and operate a Commercial Center adjacent to this new PriceSmart Warehouse Club, with the Company and the Costa Rican entity each owning a 50% interest in the Commercial Center. On September 29, 2008, 21,576 square meters of real estate were acquired, upon which the Center will be constructed. It is currently anticipated the Center will commence commercial operations in the spring of 2009.

About PriceSmart
PriceSmart, headquartered in San Diego, owns and operates U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Central America and the Caribbean, selling high quality merchandise at low prices to PriceSmart members. PriceSmart now operates 25 warehouse clubs in 11 countries and one U.S. territory (four each in Panama and Costa Rica; three each in Guatemala and Trinidad, two each in Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Honduras; and one each in Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Nicaragua and the United States Virgin Islands).

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