Hillary Clinton visits exhibition in DESPAR store in Venice

September 26, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: Community

Hillary Clinton recently paid a visit to an exhibition staged in the iconic DESPAR Supermarket located in the former Teatro Italia cinema in Venice. Entitled “HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails (2019)”, the exhibition is about the controversial emails that clouded Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Speaking of the SPAR Supermarket, Clinton said: “I believe this is the most beautiful supermarket I’ve ever seen. I’ve shopped at hundreds of supermarkets in the States but I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Fabio Donà, Marketing Manager at Aspiag Service, the SPAR Partner for the Northeast and Emilia-Romagna regions, was at the exhibition to welcome Clinton. Upon hearing her compliments of the store, Donà said: “To receive this praise from such an illustrious guest is something that makes us really proud as it acknowledges the daily work of our colleagues.”

The former US Secretary of State paid a private visit to the exhibition created by American artist and poet, Kenneth Goldsmith for the Venice Biennale, showing pages of the emails that were sent from the 2016 presidential candidate’s private server. In the iconic SPAR store, the artist set up a replica of the desk at the Oval Office, on which he laid copies of the 60,000 e-mails, which may in part have prevented Clinton from becoming the first female president of the USA.

During her visit, Clinton took a seat and leafed through the e-mails, collected in books by Goldsmith, stating: “This has been one of the most absurd events in the political history of the United States. Everyone can look at them. There is nothing there. There is nothing that should have been so controversial.”

The exhibition mimicking the presidential office is located on the first floor of DESPAR Teatro Italia and is open to visitors until 24 November.

Source: DESPAR Northeast

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SPAR Italy was first granted the licence to operate the SPAR Brand in 1959. The first store opened in the latter part of 1960 and with it, SPAR became the first partnership of retailers and wholesalers to operate in the country. SPAR Italy, known locally as DESPAR Italia, licenses regional partners, all of whom work together to grow the brand across the country.

The DESPAR Partners operate 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. While the majority of the company’s turnover is acquired through these larger format stores, the independently owned neighbourhood supermarkets remain a key part of the business.