Costa Rican Mega Developer Gives Air to Their Signature Project

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Uniregistry brokers a sale on one of Frank Schillings premium Spanish domain names to a world-class company in Costa Rica.

Frank has held a portfolio of premium domains in Spanish for some time. Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world and he receives hundreds of inquiries each year on these short, powerful names. So it is with great pleasure to report, after nearly a year of negotiations, Uniregistry and Cuestamoras, a diversified and forward-thinking company based in San Jose, Costa Rica, shook hands on the sale of Oxigeno.com. Within hours of the transfer, it became the name and the brand for their largest and most game-changing project to date, the “Human Playground.”

And one thing we know for sure, a playground requires oxygen!

The roots for Cuestamoras go deep in Costa Rica. Originally founded in 1909 as an international goods importer and distributor, the company kept innovating and reinventing itself in the supermarket business, eventually owning over 500 retail outlets selling under four different formats. You could not take a medium walk in San Jose, Costa Rica without passing one of their stores. They were called Corporacion de Supermercados Unidos, and they were at the top of their game. However, the corporate DNA for this company has always gone well beyond just being successful.

In 2008, the Cuestamoras company is formed and they quickly leveraged a long-term business partnership that led to the sale of the entire company to Walmart. By 2015, Cuestamoras had re-invented themselves once again. They were now an innovative, diverse multi-national company operating under the simple concept of providing opportunities for all people. They operate divisions in the health, urban development, energy and forests sectors. And although these may appear unrelated, in reality, they are all interwoven in the Cuestamoras fabric.

The human playground, which was to be called Oxigeno, represents the single largest private construction project in Central America. It is a mixed-use project unlike any before. At first glance, it appears they built a park inside a full concept shopping mall. They added features rarely seen in any retail environment. There’s a climbing wall, roll glider, rope walks, walking track, swimming pool, even an ice skating rink. There is also an amphitheater seating 3000 for concerts and events. In all, there are four distinctly different “worlds” to explore and enjoy, each of them designed to create interaction and a unique experience for the entire family. This is truly a place to explore, learn, experience… oh, and shop!

Cuestamoras has always had a deep commitment to the environment; it is one of the tenets of their core philosophy. However, few companies develop an entire business division to serve this end. Cuestamoras Forests is actively involved in planting forests in four different areas of Costa Rica. At first glance, most folks would tell you the entire country looks like a rainforest. And it does. This belies the reality. Rainforests are a fragile ecosystem and take a lot of work to ensure their health is sustained. 

Cuestamoras builds very large urban communities. There is simply no way around the enormous carbon footprint of construction and then the energy needed to run large projects like Oxigeno. However, you are able to mitigate some of these side effects by seeking carbon solutions. There has been a lot of focus on building structures that have reduced energy consumption. And if you then power that building with clean, alternative/ renewable energy sources, you can achieve what is defined as a “carbon-neutral” project. Cuestamoras was not satisfied with just being carbon neutral. Through their forests division, they are planting thousands and thousands of new trees which love to eat carbon. Their goal is to remove more carbon from the environment than their projects even produce. The health and sustainability of the rainforest increases as the carbon footprint shrinks. This is a great solution when you do business in a country that still has animals like panthers and leopards making their home in the rainforest.

Transactions like these are the most satisfying. In a classic win/win situation, Uni was able to place this great name in the hands of the perfect buyer. Cuestamoras is an example of what is truly best in business today. Should your travels bring you to the capital of Costa Rica, make sure a trip to the human playground, Oxigeno.com, is on your itinerary.


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