INTERSPAR wins first place in the EuroShop RetailDesign Award 2023 in the Food category. from left: Christian Reisinger, SES Spar European Shopping Centers; Martin Uhlir, INTERSPAR; Eva Maria Haberl, INTERSPAR; David Schöfmann, ZG Lighting Austria; Christian Webersberger, INTERSPAR; Joerg Linden, Zumtobel Group. © EHI/SchultenDownload image
from left: Elke Moebius, Messe Düsseldorf; Christian Webersberger, INTERSPAR; Claudia Horbert, EHI; Eva Maria Haberl, INTERSPAR; Martin Uhlir, INTERSPAR; Christian Reisinger, SES Spar European Shopping Centers; Angelika Simko, EHI. © EHI/SchultenDownload image
The EuroShop RetailDesign Award, established in 2008, annually honours the best store concepts worldwide. A total of 103 applicants from 31 countries took part in this year’s competition. The criteria assessed are a clear target group appeal, clear product range message, consistent concept, and successful interplay of architecture, materials, lighting, colours, and visual merchandising. INTERSPAR Schottentor impressed the jury with its unique and state-of-the-art design and pioneering displays offering a great shopping ambiance in a historic building.
The planning and construction period of the new INTERSPAR Hypermarket in the listed building took place over a four year period and at an investment of €10 million. At one point, over 100 restorers were working on the building simultaneously.
“Vienna can be very proud to have the most beautiful supermarket in the world. Only at this location can customers shop for daily groceries in a stunning historic building. I am delighted with the award, which shows that the extensive renovation work has been recognised and that our INTERSPAR Hypermarket Schottentor is something very special”, said Johannes Holzleitner, Managing Director of INTERSPAR Austria.
The EuroShop RetailDesign Award was in 2020 also won by SPAR. In that year, SPAR Gran Canaria impressed the judges with their compelling store concept and were one of the award winners. The EuroShop RetailDesign Award is conferred annually with the number of categories having been increased from three to five since 2022, covering the best store concepts worldwide.
Source: SPAR Austria
The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954, but the current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.
With licences granted by SPAR International, ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) has developed the brand in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy. With sales of €8.3 billion and impressive growth of 16%, SPAR Austria became the market leader in the Austrian grocery trade in 2020, after being a market growth leader for over a decade. It maintained this leadership position in 2021.