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SPAR Austria welcomes its youngest INTERSPAR Store Manager

January 28, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: People, Responsible retailing

At the beginning of January, Marcella Weichselbraun started her job as Store Manager of the Draupark INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Villach. At just 24, she is the youngest INTERSPAR Store Manager in Austria, showing that young SPAR and INTERSPAR employees have countless opportunities for a successful career after completing a training programme at SPAR.

Marcella first entered the retail market seven years ago as a trainee in an INTERSPAR Hypermarket in her hometown, Lienz. She completed her training as a retail merchant with great success, along with an office administrator training programme. Most recently, she worked as Regional Manager of the INTERSPAR Hypermarket in the Atrio shopping centre in Villach. As part of the INTERSPAR development programme for young employees, Marcella completed numerous additional training courses, including the SPAR Champion training programme.

“All of these seminars and courses have strengthened my self-confidence and organisational and leadership skills. This has really helped me in my daily contact with my employees,” she said.

Marcella now manages the Draupark INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Villach. When asked what advice she would give to her young and ambitious peers, she said: “You should take every chance and consider every training offered to you. We decide ourselves what we can achieve in life. INTERSPAR offers a wide range of training opportunities for young people.”

After having finished their training, young SPAR and INTERSPAR employees have countless opportunities for a successful career. Many of today’s INTERSPAR Store Managers and Regional Managers have completed their training as retail merchants at SPAR.

Those interested in following a SPAR training programme and joining the SPAR family can apply online on SPAR Austria’s job portal.

Source: SPAR Austria

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About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954 and the current SPAR AG was created in 1970, when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

SPAR Austria’s gross retail sales growth reached 6.7 billion euro in 2017 from 1,566 stores including 757 operated by independent retailers. SPAR Austria is the largest private training organisation for young apprentices in their market.