SPAR celebrates store openings and renovations in Italy

August 4, 2022 IN THE CATEGORY: Store openings

New and revamped SPAR stores have opened their doors across Italy in the past couple of months highlighting continued investment by SPAR retail partners. At SPAR stores from Piedmont in the Northwest and Alto-Adige in the Northeast to South-eastern Apulia and the island of Sardinia, communities and holiday-goers can find fresh local products and great convenience in a modern retail space.

DESPAR Express in Rondissone

Operating the SPAR brand in Northwest Italy, 3A Group offer customers a fully revamped DESPAR Express store in Rondissone, Turin. Highlights of this SPAR Express store are fresh, traditional products with a strong culinary heritage.

Redesigned fresh departments showcase the high quality local produce on offer, while redefined product ranges deliver increased convenience to customers. The renovation has integrated state-of-the-art refrigeration systems to minimize energy consumption and environmental footprint.

New DESPAR stores in Malles, Alto Adige

Independent SPAR retailer family Rungg has opened a new DESPAR Supermarket in beautiful Malles in Alto Adige. Modern convenience meets tradition and heritage in this 750m2 DESPAR store located in the Alpine area of Vinschgau.

On its shelves and counters, customers can find 9,000 products that showcase SPAR quality and values. On the opening day, Friday 24 June, the Rungg family celebrated their 4th SPAR store with their team and local community members.

Three restyled INTERSPAR Hypermarkets

Three INTERSPAR Hypermarkets have been upgraded to the ‘Format 35’ retail concept, developed by Maiora (DESPAR Centro Sud) in collaboration with SPAR International’s store design team and the University of Parma. DESPAR Centro Sud announced the reopening of these stores in San Giovanni Rotondo (Apulia), Cosenza (Calabria), and Matera (Basilicata).

The upgraded INTERSPAR Hypermarkets showcase fresh products and take customers on a culinary journey through clearly themed departments. Fresh fish, bakery, meat, and fruit and vegetable are real shopping destinations. The stores offer the added convenience of a great wine cellar, a party section, and an instore seating area where customers can enjoy food-to-go items. The latest sustainable systems have been implemented, including LED lighting, CO₂ refrigeration, and energy-efficient air-conditioning.

New store in Nuoro

DESPAR regional company SCS — Supermercati Consorziati Sardegna — welcomed a new DESPAR Supermarket in the stunning tourist destination of Cala Gonone in the province of Nuoro. The DESPAR store is operated by independent retailer Berritta, which set up its retail business in 1982 by opening its first supermarket in Dorgali.

For forty years, Berritta’s food retail business has offered friendly and skilled customer service to loyal customers and many tourists visiting the area. The DESPAR store offers a wide selection of fresh and local products on a retail area of 350m2. Many food-to-go specialities are available at the fresh fish, meat, hot deli, and fruit and vegetable sections.

Source: DESPAR Italia

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About SPAR Italy

SPAR Italy, known locally as DESPAR Italia, was first granted the SPAR Brand’s licence in 1959. The first store opened in 1960, making SPAR 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 consortium operates 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. The independently owned neighbourhood supermarkets are a vital part of the organisation’s strategy to bring a high-quality, tailored grocery offering to communities.