TRICHONACA, N.M. — For more than three decades, a company has been operating in Mexico.
Now, it’s taking over the country’s most populous state.
For more than a decade, the company has had a big-box store in the city of Chihuahua, selling products such as shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste.
The store opened up in 2004, and over the years, the business expanded into a large supermarket and convenience store.
In 2011, the Chihuahs government began restricting imports of Mexican products.
The company shut down its Mexican operations, and the Mexican government has banned imports of many goods from the United States, including toothpaste, toothbrushes and hair salons.
On Wednesday, the Mexican company announced it would take over Chihuayas state-owned supermarket chain, the Bolsa Familia, for the next 10 years.
That will include selling all the food that the company sells in the state, according to a news release from the company.
“We have always been a small company that operates independently and does not have a direct connection to the government,” the company said.
“Our goal is to create a state-of-the-art grocery store with a very wide selection of products and services that can be found in every corner of the state.”
The move is expected to cause a ripple effect in Mexico, where there are over 100 million people who live in poverty, according the United Nations.
The country is the world’s third largest exporter of corn after the United Kingdom and China, according a report by the Pew Research Center.
The state-run supermarket will continue to sell products from other Mexican companies.
But the company will also be allowed to sell items that it purchased at the border and is in the process of importing from China, Mexico and other countries, the statement said.
The company is taking over a supermarket that was previously owned by the state of Chivas.
It will have a total of 5,000 square feet of space and will operate from the Bolesa Família office, the announcement said.
A representative for the company did not immediately return a message seeking comment.