Residents in Greek city of Patra welcome newest SPAR store

April 28, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: Store openings

Situated in the heart of the beautiful historical city of Patra, the most recent neighbourhood SPAR Supermarket to open in Greece is a welcome addition for local customers. This brings the total of SPAR Supermarkets operational in the country to 31, comprising a mix of independently operated and company-owned stores.

The conversion to a SPAR Supermarket of what was previously an electronics goods store,  required extensive changes to the infrastructure and investment into the overall shopping experience, in line with SPAR Greece’s guidelines. Split across two levels, the 240m2 store has a wide assortment which is appealing to those seeking convenience solutions.

Entering the store, customers are greeted with the fruit and vegetable section, offering a range of loose and pre-packed produce. The delicatessen counter offers service, providing advice for shoppers as well as a good selection and is located nearby the bakery department. The well-stocked wine department features not only locally sourced but internationally sourced wines as well.

With strong links to the communities we serve, the latest SPAR Supermarket is not only owned and run by local entrepreneurs, but 8 new local jobs were also created through this investment.

Due to the current pandemic, the opening was a quiet affair, but the message of hope shown by this conversion was well received by residents and commuters alike who have visited the store, commenting on the quality of products on offer. University students in the area find the convenience of the long opening hours, the diverse product range and good customer service a positive addition to their grocery retail choice.

Patra is the third largest city in the country, built at the foot of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras. The port is vital for trade within Europe and there is a large student population with two universities and one technical college in the city.

Source: SPAR Greece

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About SPAR Greece

The SPAR Brand was first launched in Greece in 1969 when the Veropoulos company was granted the SPAR licence. In 2018, after the Veropoulos family decided to sell the business, the brand was re-launched in Greece with new partner, SPAR Hellas.

Corporate-owned stores are being developed alongside independent retailer run stores with global expertise in store design, store operations, fresh service offerings, and instore communications being accessed and implemented.

SPAR Hellas has developed a strategic relationship with buying union, ASTERAS, which will see ASTERAS convert most of its existing portfolio of 200 stores to the SPAR Brand over the next few years.