Largest store network in Central American region Combination of 253 food stores with annual sales of over USD 1.3 billion Consumer benefits from economies of scale and synergies Joint venture plans further growth in region Paiz Ahold, the successful 50/50 joint venture of food retailers La Fragua and Ahold in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, has signed an agreement with Costa Rican supermarket and hypermarket company CSU to form a new joint venture. The new joint venture will bring together all of their operations in the Central American region. Contracts were signed Friday (2 November). Each of the partner companies - Ahold, Paiz and CSU - will effectively have a one-third stake in the new venture.