Peru: Metro supermarket forced to move from building

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

Metro, one of Peru’s largest supermarket chains, was forced to move from one of its stores Monday morning when a judge ruled the company had broken its contract.

According to representatives from Interbank, owners of the property being rented by Metro, the supermarket chain has not paid its rent since August 2006.

Approximately 100 police officers arrived to the supermarket in the Limean district of Independencia on Carlos Eyzaguirre Avenue to ensure public safety and that violent acts did not take place.

Local news reports showed images of workers taking down structures and loading merchandise onto moving trucks.

Metro representatives stated the ruling was unfair and that they were being forced to move against their will but were doing so to maintain integrity and for the best interests of their concessionaires, providers and customers.