SPAR Austria opens a climate-friendly store

February 1, 2024 IN THE CATEGORY: Responsible retailing, Store openings

SPAR Austria is a pioneer in climate-friendly supermarkets and relies on technologies that ensure energy-efficient operation and minimise the climate impact in all new stores. An innovative, climate-friendly concept is seen with the opening of the new SPAR Supermarket Vollbadgasse in Vienna.

The SPAR Supermarket in Vollbadgasse shares a building with a medical centre, nursing home, kindergarten and over 60 apartments. The supermarket includes a new climate-friendly energy concept which is beneficial for residents and businesses. The waste heat generated from the SPAR Supermarket is turned into energy for apartments and other facilities in the building.

Sustainable energy concept

The SPAR Supermarket has a combined refrigeration system, which is used for the deep-freeze and refrigerated cabinets. In the past, the unused waste heat from the combined refrigeration system in the supermarket was released into the environment through a re-cooling system on the roof, rather than being reused.

However, a new solution has been created and implemented. The unused waste heat generated from the SPAR Supermarket is now regenerated to heat the supermarket itself and also provide energy for the neighbouring businesses and apartments in the building complex.

Additionally, the store is illuminated exclusively with LED light strips, LED spotlights and LED advertising lighting. This saves approximately 60% of electricity compared to commercially available light sources. Environmentally friendly technologies were used for the refrigeration system and only environmentally friendly refrigerants or CO² are used.

Providing for the community

The 600m² supermarket offers a varied assortment of approximately 10,000 products to cover the daily needs of customers. Fresh is a focus with the store featuring an extensive delicatessen, a bakery offering fresh bread and pastries, coffee-to-go option, a butchery stocked with fresh meat, a cheese counter, and fresh sushi. Customers have access to a large selection of fruit and vegetables. Customers on the move can purchase hot food-to-go products, as well as fresh sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Store Manager Goran Petrovic is supported by a team of 16 colleagues to ensure customers a great experience.

Source: SPAR Austria

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About 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.