A SOUTH AMERICAN STAR IS BORN

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Carulla Vivero here is in the midst of an aggressive growth program designed to make it a major player in Latin America.The company, created last August through the merger of the 70-store Carulla chain and the eight-unit Vivero operation, has nearly doubled its size to 155 stores over the past nine months, with plans to continue expanding in Colombia and, within three to five years,

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Carulla Vivero here is in the midst of an aggressive growth program designed to make it a major player in Latin America.

The company, created last August through the merger of the 70-store Carulla chain and the eight-unit Vivero operation, has nearly doubled its size to 155 stores over the past nine months, with plans to continue expanding in Colombia and, within three to five years, to seek opportunities in neighboring Venezuela and Ecuador.

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