SPAR International news

20 October 2016
As the first SPAR China Congress opens, underlining the retailer’s growth in that key market, we look at developments from operators in India, Croatia, Hungary and the Netherlands. SPAR to grow in focus market of India As part of the opening ceremony of its fourth store in Hyderabad and 18th overall, SPAR Hypermarkets’ managing director, Rajeev Krishnan, has set out the retailer’s short te...
14 October 2016
In this update, we look at what has happened at retailers across the region in the third quarter of 2016, including market entries & acquisitions, new store concepts, online & technology developments, loyalty enhancements and new appointments. MARKET ENTRIES & ACQUISITIONS Albania –  SPAR has opened its first stores in the country in partnership with Balfin Group, making Albania the 4...
07 October 2016
SPAR International has opened its first stores in Albania, under a partnership with Balfin Group. Balfin Group investing EUR50m in expansion project The two stores opened on the same day that SPAR officially announced its partnership with Balfin. They are located in Tirana East Gate (a 7,200 sq. m store) and QTU shopping centre (a 3,800 sq. m store). Balfin Group is a private company...
21 September 2016
The Polish government is suspending its newly introduced retail tax, the country’s finance minister, Pawel Szalamacha, advised on September 20. Law only came into effect earlier this month Under the law, which only came into effect on September 1st this year, retailers in Poland would pay 0.8% on monthly revenues between PLN 17m (€3.85m) and PLN 170m (€38.55m) and 1.4% on sales exceeding...
30 August 2016
With SPAR International’s global strategy aimed at growing its partners and embedding multi-channel capabilities, we look at developments from operators in Russia, Norway and Georgia, who are driving forward these initiatives. SPAR adding ecommerce service in Norway SPAR’s operator in Norway, NorgesGruppen, has launched ecommerce at the banner, marking the addition of the service at the sec...
05 August 2016
As Eroski and Caprabo extend the reach of their franchise network, El Corte Inglés spotlights its Click&Express delivery service, SPAR expands and Consum launches a digital magazine, we round up news from the country. Eroski builds on franchise strategy Eroski has invested €6.6m in the addition of 44 franchised supermarkets during H1 2016, a pace that the retailer has said means it should h...
20 July 2016
Netherlands-based SPAR International has undertaken a further market entry, partnering with locally-based Max Group to open stores in Mongolia in 2017. SPAR’s entry in partnership with Max Group The SPAR brand will enter Mongolia as part of a partnership with the locally-based conglomerate Max Group. The two companies said that they envisage 60 SPAR-branded stores to be operational in the c...
01 July 2016
As SPAR International and DESPAR Italy appoint new presidents and SPAR operations in Portugal, China and the Netherlands expand, we round up news from the retailer. SPAR International appoints new president… SPAR International has appointed Graham O’Connor, SPAR South Africa’s chief executive, as its president. O’Connor takes over from Leo Crawford, SPAR Ireland’s chairman, who had held the...
16 June 2016
As Albert Heijn’s Selma Postma discusses the benefits of omni-channel shoppers to the retailer’s sales line, we look at initiatives from a range of retailers in the Netherlands’ online market that are driving the channel’s evolution for shoppers. Albert Heijn spotlights the benefit of the omni-channel shopper In a presentation at the Provada event in Amsterdam Albert Heijn’s general manager...
25 May 2016
As SPAR (South Africa) discusses its half year results, South Africa-based Shoprite and OK Zimbabwe set out investment plans for Angola and Zimbabwe respectively and UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim opens its first hypermarket in Kenya, we round up news from the region. SPAR (South Africa): revenue up 16.8% in H1 SPAR (South Africa) said its revenues rose 16.8% to ZAR42.5 bn (US$2.7 bn) in the fi...