In this edition, we showcase the value of investment in new store growth with the best in class developments of INTERSPAR in Hungary and SUPERSPAR in South Africa – two great examples of world-class, large format stores that set high standards in international retail. We are also pleased to announce two new market entries by SPAR Partners in Belarus and Cyprus, with the first stores in Belarus performing well and great plans in place for the launch in Cyprus in the first half of next year.
At SPAR, it’s the people that make the difference and we are delighted to feature two exceptional SPAR individuals from two sides of the globe: Dimitrios Spyrakis, a pillar of strength for SPAR in Australia and Sarah Halliday, an exceptionally dynamic manager who has supported the growth of countless SPAR retailers in Northern Ireland.
We also look back at the annual Future Leaders Programme (FLP), which this year welcomed 39 SPAR colleagues. Held in Austria, the FLP participants visited the most modern food Distribution Centre (DC) in Europe developed by SPAR Austria in Ebergassing, just outside Vienna. This highly innovative DC features new levels of innovation and automation, trends which were also high on the agenda at the 2017 LOGIT Conference – another feature of this issue.
We wish all our readers a wonderful festive season and a great start to the new year.