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Medellin Grocery

Whether you just want to stock in some snacks or buy major provisions, you will find grocery shopping in Medellin a pleasure but not necessarily inexpensive.  The major grocery chains are Exito, Pomona and Jumbo.  Exito S.A actually owns Pomona, Exito, Ley and Carulla..  Pomona is more like a traditional supermarket focusing mostly on food products while the other three are more like Wal Mart Supercenters and carry food, clothing, appliances and more.  All have multiple ATM machines supporting different banks and networks. All accept major credit cards (you will need a copy of your passport to use them). Pricing is about the same in all of them although the locals swear Pomona is more expensive.  They all have a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, fresh (and frozen) meats and seafood.  Unlike US supermarkets, there is usually an employee in every aisle to assist you or a brand representative handing out samples.  They will bag your groceries and load your purchases into a taxi or if you live close will actually push your cart home for you. 

World class hypermarkets, present in Colombia since the late 90’s, have been continuously expanding. Colombia has chains such as Jumbo with 14 stores. Makro, with 7 stores is an alliance between Colombia and Holland (57 percent). It has refocused its activities toward institutional wholesaling and plans to open 13 additional stores between 2007 and 2014. Alkosto is a six store chain wholly owned by Colombian stockholders that holds 9 percent share of the hypermarket supermarket sales.

Large supermarket chains are increasing in number and increasing in sales volume and value. There are 6 main supermarket chains that own more than 450 stores: Exito S.A. the major player with 39 percent share of the hypermarket/supermarket market - has 65 stores and 33 percent investment from a French Casino. Carulla is owned by Exito with 19 percent market share and 165 stores. New Bridge from the U.S. owns 28 percent of the stock. The Olimpica Group is 100 percent Colombian and has 135 stores. Cafam has 50 stores and Colsubsidio 20, both are 100 percent Colombian privately subsidized stores. Cacharreria la 14, regional chain with 9 stores in the Cauca State.

Do not expect to see major cost savings on food in Colombia. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good buys. Everything else can be comparatively expensive.

Here are a few local stores near Poblado where you can easily shop;


http://www.pomona.com.co/P untosDeVenta.aspx <http://www.medellininfo.com /shopping/exito.html>  http://www.carrefour.com.co/t iendasciudad.php?id=3 http://www.carullavivero.com/ac arulla.html
Pomona Oviedo Calle 6A # 43c - 127 Tel 321 - 2211 EXITO Poblado Cll. 10 No. 43 E 135
Tel: (054) 319 72 00
Las Vegas
Carrera 48 No. 25 Sur 136 Envigado
TEL (4) 3340000
CARULLA  Cr50 E 8 S-62  Colombia - Antioquia, Medellín  Conmutador : (57) (4) 3617777
Pomona Poblado, Calle 11ª # 43 - 49 Tel. 266-0421 EXITO Sandiego Calle 34 N° 43 - 65
Teléfono: 232 0455 -  232 1950
De la 65 Carrera 65 No 45 85
TEL (4 ) 430 0000
CARULLA VIVERO S.A.  Cl 18 35 - 19  Colombia - Antioquia, Medellín  Teléfonos : (57) (4) 3116769
Pomona Tesoro Calle 25ª #1Asur - 45 Tel 321 - 3660 EXITO Envigado Cra. 48 No. 34 B Sur 29
Teléfono: (054) 3395252
Centro Comercial Premium Plaza  
http://www.pomona.com.co/Pu ntosDeVenta.aspx <http://www.medellininfo.com /shopping/exito.html>  http://www.carrefour.com.co/t iendasciudad.php?id=3 http://www.carullavivero.com/acar ulla.html
Pomona Oviedo Calle 6A # 43c-127 Tel 321-2211 EXITO Poblado Cll. 10 No. 43 E 135
Tel: (054) 319 72 00
Las Vegas
Carrera 48 No. 25 Sur 136 Envigado
TEL (4) 3340000
CARULLA  Cr50 E 8 S-62  Colombia - Antioquia, Medellín  Conmutador : (57) (4) 3617777

Pomona Poblado, Calle 11ª # 43-49 Tel. 266-0421 EXITO Sandiego Calle 34 N° 43 - 65
Teléfono: 232 0455 -  232 1950
De la 65 Carrera 65 No 45-85
TEL (4 ) 430 0000
CARULLA VIVERO S.A.  Cl 18 35-19  Colombia - Antioquia, Medellín  Teléfonos : (57) (4) 3116769

Pomona Tesoro Calle 25ª #1Asur-45 Tel 321-3660 EXITO Envigado Cra. 48 No. 34 B Sur 29
Teléfono: (054) 3395252
New one to open soon on Ave. Poblado near San Diego  
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