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Oct. 4, 2012

Curacao Opens 85K SF Mega Store in Tucson

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor

Curacao opened its first mega-store in Tucson. The store is the company’s second in Arizona, and it was originally scheduled to open in 2008.

The main reason for the delay was the economic crisis, said Rick Hutton, president of Curacao. Nonetheless, Hutton admits that Arizona was always on the expansion list, as quoted by the Inside Tucson Business.

The original 2008 plan called for leasing the store, but the company decided earlier this year to buy the property — an 85,000-square-foot store located in Southgate Shopping Center — for $9 million.

The Los Angeles-based retailer sells electronics, furniture, toys, housewares and other items and it is often referred to as the “Latino Best Buy”, as it targets mainly the Hispanic market, according to AZCentral. Tucson comes as a natural progression for the company, given the fact that 35 percent of Pima County population are of a Hispanic origin. The retailer also operates nine stores in California.

The publication adds that the Curacao mega-store will eventually hire 200 employees, out of which 100 people were already hired before the grand opening, which took place on Sept. 28. Additionally, Tucson News Now reports that during holidays, the number of the people working in the store will reach almost 300 workers.

According to a Curacao news release, the mega-store will offer some of the hottest names and brands: Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp, as well as Beats by Dr. Dre and Skullcandy.

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