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There are only two true home improvement stores in Santa Cruz Bolivia and both are similar to Home Depot stores in the US, except you won’t find lumber or other large construction items. Both import many of their goods and both price their items in both dollars and bolivianos. American Home Center and Multicenter each has two stores.

American Home Center
Av. Cristo Redentor / 4to. Anillo
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Tel: (591-3) 343-4141

This is the larger of the two stores, and the first one opened. It has more variety. It’s located on the highway to the Viru Viru Airport, on the corner of the intersection with the fourth “ring”, straight across from the first and largest Multicenter.

American Home Center
Av. El Trompillo 554
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Tel: (591-3) 354-8665

This second, smaller store was opened on the southern section of the second “ring” just a few blocks west of El Trompillo, and about two blocks west of the Las Palmas Hotel.

Av. Cristo Redentor /4to. Anillo
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Tel: (591-3) 343-1700

Straight across from the American Home Center on the highway to Viru Viru Airport. Again, being the first store it is the largest, but the second store isn’t much smaller. Both have a great variety of imported and local goods. Owned by a German family.

Av. Santos Dumont 3er Anillo Interno
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Tel: (591-3) 357-7700

This second store is located inside the same building as the huge Hipermaxi grocery store that is located straight across the avenue from Tránsito and PTJ (the local traffic and judicial police stations you will get to know very well if you are requesting residency here).

I really like the American Home Center at Christmas time when they import a lot of great quality decorations from the U.S. The Multicenter has an amazing array of puzzles and many great chocolates imported from Germany and a great line of Brazilian kitchen items.

More stores in Santa Cruz with home improvement items

While not exactly home improvement stores in the “American” sense of the word, there are dozens and dozens of hardware stores called “ferreterías” all over the city. Ferreterías are literally “tool shops” and here you can find vast arrays of anything you might need for electricity and plumbing, gardening and tools, painting and more.

There are also many “mueblerías” which are furniture stores. Most of them also offer additional products for home décor and interior design.

If you need lumber Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s lumber capital and there are many lumber companies, all with several branches all over the city. These are called "madereras".

You’ll find several companies that manufacture or import ceramic, granite, porcelain and marble tile all have their own outlets, and most also sell complementary products (plumbing, decor) for your kitchen and bath.

Lighting can be purchased at one of several shops that specialize in lamps and light fixtures.

Doors and windows are usually purchased specifically from door and window carpenters, who might also make picture frames and other pieces of furniture. Most are found in Alto San Pedro and they are called "carpinterías".

There are stores that specialize in picture framing called “marqueterías” which comes from the word “marco” which means frame in Spanish.

You’ll find all kinds of glass window and door panes at “vidrierías” which are glass cutters, but most vidrierías also do picture framing.

You’ll find slate, granite and other natural rock is sold at “rock yards” sort of like lumber is sold at lumber yards. You go to the rock yard and choose the slabs of rock you want. You then have them cut it for you into the sizes you need. Most of these are found on the 4th ring near Radial 17.

Bricks and ceramic roofing tile are sold at brick and roofing tile factories, usually imported from elsewhere in the country or outside the city and sold in smaller quantities in city stores, or you can (sometimes) buy them right off a truck on the 4th ring near Avenida Alemania.

There are a couple of great huge paint stores with all kinds of varieties of paints, including interior and outdoor paints, and even oil, tempera, and fabric paints for kids and crafters. One even offers painting classes. These are called "tiendas de pintura".

Other stores specialize only in "electrodomésticos" which are kitchen and home appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, stoves and ovens, washers, water heaters, and the like. You'll find these on Calle Ayacucho with names like Casa Jerusalen and Casa Korea, but you'll also find larger stores that sell them on credit like Santa Bárbara (located on Calle Santa Bárbara) or Salvatierra (located on 24 de Septiembre near Rafael Peña).

As you can see, you won’t find everything in one place as you might in the U.S. You will have to do some shopping around. But isn’t that more fun anyway?

Read my pages on shopping etiquette, bartering in Bolivia, and Bolivian sales taxes before you go. And if you didn't find what you need, feel free to drop me a line. This site is for you! So tell Bella what YOU want.

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