Costa Rica's restaurant franchise sector plans new openings, more jobs

By L. Arias

Costa Rica’s restaurant sector – and specifically its fast-food sector – is showing improvement in the number of openings in the second half of this year, a trend Costa Rican Restaurants Chamber President Jorge Figueroa said is good news for job growth.

Expanding franchises include sports bar chain Hooters, which on Monday opened a new location in Moravia, with a total investment of $3.3 million. The location is the company’s sixth restaurant here and it added 50 jobs in the area northwest of the capital. Owners said at the opening they expect to add four more restaurants by the end of next year.

Hooligan’s opened its sixth location last July at Mall Multiplaza Curridabat, east of the capital. That added 23 new jobs for a total of 160.

U.S. restaurant chain Cosí on Oct. 15 will open its sixth restaurant in City Place, a mall in the southwestern San José suburb of Santa Ana. The company announced two more openings for next year.

Chili’s in coming months will invest $2.4 million in two new restaurants, bringing to five the total number of locations in the country. The chain currently is looking for locations in Heredia and Alajuela.

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Via:: Tico Times