SANTIAGO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Mexican retail group Femsa is close to sealing an agreement to buy privately owned Chilean pharmacy chain Cruz Verde for about $1 billion, Chilean newspaper Pulso reported on Thursday.
Talks are in the final stretch, and the deal is expected to be announced on Thursday or Friday, coinciding with a visit by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to Mexico, the newspaper said, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.
Cruz Verde is the South American country’s largest pharmaceutical chain, with more than 590 branches, according to its website. It is family-run and was founded in the 1980s.
Femsa owns the Oxxo chain of convenience stores and Latin America’s largest Coke bottler, Coca-Cola Femsa. It also operates around 600 pharmacies in Mexico through its YZA and Moderna brands.
Femsa and Cruz Verde were not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Rosalba O‘Brien; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)