SPAR International news

28 March 2013
SPAR Netherlands has launched an online ordering service for groceries in seven stores. Offering more convenience The seven stores are referred to internally as 'test villages' according to Sjaak Kranendonk, managing director of SPAR Netherlands. He sees the pilot project as a way to gain experience in online, fully involve consumers and learn how SPAR can offer more convenience. The pil...
21 March 2013
SPAR Austria has launched an online platform allowing customers to submit ideas on various topics relating to the non-food ranges in its hypermarkets. Best ideas could end up on-shelf The platform, called "Red' mit...", also works on smartphones and allows customers to submit ideas and suggestions along particular themes which will change every five weeks. The project begins with the child...
12 March 2013
Coop Italia is divesting a number of Dico discount stores to Gruppo Tuo, a member of Despar Italia, according to local press reports. Store swap with Gruppo Tuo The move will involve a store swap and will see Coop Italia take on stores from Gruppo Tuo in return for those divested.  It is not yet definitively known how Coop Italia will brand these new stores.  Press reports suggest the m...
27 February 2013
SPAR opened nearly 200 new stores in Spain in 2012, according to local press, which helped boost sales by 8.3%. In line with stated expansion plans SPAR closed the year with 1,079 stores, 175 more than in 2011, and a turnover of €1,248m.  This expansion is in line with ambitious plans set out by local partner Miquel Alimentació, which said it intends to open 500 stores across Spain ov...
14 February 2013
Leading retailers including Tesco and SPAR are laying down plans for this key market. We summarise the latest news and look ahead to the further developments 2013 may hold. Tesco to set up Indian subsidiary Local newspaper The Hindu reported Tesco's plans to open a subsidiary for fresh and processed foods to service its global store network. The sourcing and back end capabilities develo...
07 February 2013
The Dutch supermarket chain is to invest around $100m in developing stores in Russia, with a focus on Moscow, according to Russian press reports. Reconstruction and store openings With Russia being a long-term priority market, SPAR’s local partner is investing $30m in reconstructing a...
28 January 2013
SPAR International has announced plans to develop the SPAR brand across the Middle East, in a venture with Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society. Third store in UAE confirmed, more to follow Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS), SPAR's licensee in UAE, is opening a flagship store for each SPAR format.  A supermarket opened in late 2011 in the Khalidiya region of Abu Dhabi, followed by a sup...
09 January 2013
SPAR Switzerland has reported sales growth of 3.8% for 2012, to CHF1,041m, and has revealed its main priority for the year ahead.    CEO satisfied with results SPAR's growth was achieved against a background of deflationary prices in food, and a fall in foodservice sales.  Chairman and CEO of SPAR Switzerland, Stefan Leuthold, said the retailer was very satisfied with the 2012 growth.  ...