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PriceSmart
TypePublic
Traded asNASDAQPSMT
Founded1993
FoundersSol Price
HeadquartersSan Diego, California, USA
Websitewww.pricesmart.com
 
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PriceSmart
TypePublic
Traded asNASDAQPSMT
Founded1993
FoundersSol Price
HeadquartersSan Diego, California, USA
Websitewww.pricesmart.com

PriceSmart Inc. is the largest operator of membership warehouse clubs in Central America and the Caribbean, with over 770,000 membership accounts and 1 million cardholders. PriceSmart is headquartered in San Diego, California, and it owns and operates 33 warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory. It also offers online shopping in all countries where PriceSmart operates.

The following table lists the warehouse clubs owned and operated by PriceSmart as of the end of 2011:

CountryNr. of StoresLocations
Aruba1
  • Oranjestad
Barbados1
  • St. Michael
Colombia5
  • Barranquilla
  • Bogotá
  • Cali
  • Medellín (opening soon)
  • Pereira (opening soon)
Costa Rica6
  • Alajuela
  • Escazú
  • Heredia
  • Llorente de Tibás
  • Zapote
  • Tres Rios
Dominican Republic3
  • Arroyo Hondo
  • Los Prados
  • Santiago
El Salvador2
  • Santa Elena
  • Los Héroes
Guatemala3
  • Fraijanes
  • Miraflores
  • Pradera
Honduras3
  • San Pedro Sula
  • Tegucigalpa
  • El Sauce
Jamaica1
  • Kingston
Nicaragua1
  • Managua
Panama4
  • Brisas del Golf
  • David
  • El Dorado
  • Vía Brasil
Trinidad and Tobago4
  • Chaguanas
  • Mausica
  • Port of Spain
  • San Fernando
U.S. Virgin Islands1
  • St. Thomas

In addition to the warehouse clubs owned and operated PriceSmart, there is one warehouse club in operation in Saipan, Micronesia that is licensed to and operated by local business people. The company earns a small royalty fee from this club.

Key dates[edit]

YearEvents
1976Price Club founded by Sol and Robert Price
1993The Price Co. and Costco Wholesale Club merge, forming Price/Costco Inc (later renamed Costco Wholesale Corporation)
1994Price Enterprises Inc spun off from Price/Costco

Robert Price named Chairman, President and CEO of Price Enterprises

PriceSmart operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Price Enterprises

1995Licensees open 2 club stores (Micronesia and Guam)
1996PriceSmart opens its first club store (Panama)

Licensees open 1 club store (Indonesia)

1997PriceSmart opens its second club store (Panama)

Licensees open 2 club stores (China and Indonesia)

Price Enterprises Inc separates itself from PriceSmart by spinning off all non-real estate assets to PriceSmart

PriceSmart completes IPO and begins trading as PSMT on NASDAQ stock exchange

Gilbert A. Partida appointed President and CEO

1998Licensees open 2 club stores (China and Philippines)

Licensee stores in Guam and Philippines close

Licensee arrangement with operator of Indonesian club stores terminated

1999PriceSmart opens 7 club stores (Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, two in Dominican Republic)

Licensees open 2 club stores (China)

2000PriceSmart opens 8 club stores (Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, two in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad)

Licensees open 1 club store (China)

PSMT Philippines created as a joint venture, with PriceSmart holding 60% ownership

2001PriceSmart opens 7 club stores (Aruba, USVI, Guatemala, Barbados, Trinidad, two in Philippines)

Licensees open 3 club stores (China)

2002PriceSmart opens 3 club stores (Guam, two in Philippines)

PriceSmart starts wholesale phone card sales program

Licensees open 2 club stores (China)

PSMT Mexico created as joint venture with Grupo Gigante, with PriceSmart holding 50% ownership

PSMT Mexico opens 2 club stores in Mexico

2003PriceSmart opens 2 club stores (Jamaica, Nicaragua)

PriceSmart closes 4 club stores (Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guam, Philippines)

PriceSmart terminates wholesale phone card sales program

PSMT Mexico opens 1 club store

Licensees open 2 club stores (China)

Gilbert A. Partida resigns as President and CEO, Robert E. Price assumes role of Interim President and CEO

PriceSmart announces it will restate financial results for 2002 and 2003.

2004PriceSmart opens 1 club store (Philippines)

Licensees close 2 club stores (China)

2005PriceSmart opens 1 club store (Costa Rica)

PSMT Mexico closes its 3 stores in Mexico

Company sells its interest in PSMT Philippines to E-Class Corporation, one of PSMT Philippines' minority shareholders

Licensee arrangement with operator of Chinese club stores terminated

2006PriceSmart relocates San Pedro Sula, Honduras club store

PriceSmart added to Russell 2000 stock index

2007PriceSmart opens 2 club stores (Guatemala, Trinidad)

PriceSmart sells its interest in PSMT Mexico to Grupo Gigante

2009PriceSmart opens 1 club store (Costa Rica)

Ranked #55 on Fortune Magazine's list of 100 fastest growing companies

2010PriceSmart opens 2 club stores (Trinidad, Dominican Republic)

PriceSmart relocates Panama City, Panama club store

Jose Luis Laparte appointed President and CEO

Ranked #94 on Fortune Magazine's list of 100 fastest growing companies

2011PriceSmart opens 1 club store (Colombia)
2012PriceSmart opens 1 club store (Colombia)
2013PriceSmart opens 1 club store (Colombia)
2014PriceSmart opens 1 club store (Honduras)
2014PriceSmart opens 1 club store (Colombia), and plans to open two more in Medellin and Pereira at the end of the year.

Controversies[edit]

On November 17, 2003, PriceSmart Inc was liable for inappropriately recorded transactions included in its 2002 to 2003 results,[1] and paid $2.35 million for settlement.

On Nov 10, 2005, PriceSmart restated interim fiscal 2005 financial statements to reflect a $20.6 million "deemed dividend" on Preferred Stock Conversion.[2]

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