NEW YORK — Tesco Inc., the nation’s largest supermarket chain, is selling a lot more items in the tropical islands than its competitors, including some imported products.
Tesco sold $4.3 billion worth of products on Wednesday, more than the $2.3 trillion in the U.S. in the same period, the company said.
In all, it’s the biggest single-day sales of any company in the Americas, topping the $1.9 trillion sold in the last 12 months.
In a statement, the retailer said the increased volume comes as Tropicalia and the U and C regions have seen the biggest expansion of food, beverage and other consumer products in more than 20 years.
“We’re excited to have been a part of this incredible journey and to see Tropicalia continue to expand and support the communities that live here in our stores,” Tesco Chairman and CEO Doug McMillon said.
“This has been an amazing experience for us and our employees.
We’re grateful for the tremendous support of our loyal customers and community members in this exciting new chapter of our business.”
The company’s first-quarter results show its second-largest store sales in the country, surpassing Walmart’s $1 billion in the quarter.
Its overall U.s. sales increased 2.3% to $7.4 billion.
In its latest quarterly earnings report, the supermarket said it will add an additional 1,600 stores over the next three years and expects to add about 4,100 employees to the Us. store base.
The company also expects to expand its sales in some of the countries where it has no stores.
Its biggest U.A. market is Venezuela, where it opened a new store last year, adding 1,200 jobs.
In the Dominican Republic, it opened three stores in 2018 and expects about 1,300 to be added in 2019.
The company also plans to expand in Brazil, Mexico, India and China.