The SPAR operator financed the entire project, which was launched in June. The virtual newsstand contains over 7,000 magazines and newspapers worldwide, 70,000 e-books, 750,000 free e-books, as well as audiobooks, music scores, apps, manuscripts, databases, 3D prints, images, and video games.
“At Ergon, we always believe in young people. Over the past years, we have joined or promoted projects that directly concern students”, comments Concetta Lo Magno, Marketing Manager at Ergon. “This is why we financed the entire project, aware that reading and therefore greater knowledge allow young people to train and grow and become aware citizens. These students will have the opportunity to access the digital library easily.”
Earlier this year, Ergon donated 200 computers to children in need to support home study and last year funded scholarships for some of the team’s children to the value of 50,000 euro.
Source: DESPAR Sicilia
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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. With it, SPAR became 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 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 company achieves most of its turnover through these larger format stores, the independently owned neighbourhood supermarkets remain vital.