End of 2022, Maiora operating the SPAR brand in Centre-South Italy, celebrated an independent retailer opening another DESPAR neighbourhood store in the town of Rignano Garganico in the Apulia region.
At the beginning of 2023, another DESPAR store opened its doors in the province of Foggia in Puglia. This store has a sales area of 250m2 and ensures customers easy access to all their needs for everyday shopping.
Two DESPAR neighbourhood stores, each with a retail sales area of 250m2 opened. One store is located in the town of Spoltore, in Pescara province in Abruzzo, and the other in Carpignano Salentino, in Lecce province in Puglia.
The 3A Group, operating the SPAR brand in Northwest Italy, has expanded its presence, opening a DESPAR Express convenience store in the town of Marene, Piedmont. The store offers a good range of products to meet consumer needs in a high-quality shopping environment. The DESPAR Express team prides itself on its professional but friendly customer service.
“The special relationship with our customer is a prerogative of our business. We know our customers’ names, ask about their shopping experiences, give advice, and make our experience and expertise available. We believe that trust is more than a habit, it is a choice. For us, the DESPAR brand stands for service and quality”, said independent retailers of this DESPAR Express store, Claudia and Piera.
Source: DESPAR Italia
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SPAR Italy, known locally as DESPAR Italia, was first granted the SPAR Brand’s licence in 1959. The first store opened in 1960, making SPAR the first partnership of retailers and wholesalers to operate in the country. In addition, SPAR Italy licenses regional partners, all of whom work together to grow the brand across the country.
The DESPAR consortium operates stores under three formats: DESPAR neighbourhood supermarkets, EUROSPAR Supermarkets, and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets. Many of the larger format stores are company-owned, reflecting the scale of investment required. The independently owned neighbourhood supermarkets are a vital part of the organisation’s strategy to bring a high-quality, tailored grocery offering to communities.