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SPAR Croatia opens supermarket in Buje

August 6, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: Store openings

SPAR Croatia has opened its sixth SPAR Supermarket in the peninsula of Istria. The new store is in Buje, a town located 10km from the coast of the Adriatic Sea. More than €4 million was invested in the development of the store. With a sales area of 630m2, this SPAR store is the largest supermarket in Buje.

The store features an extensive fruit and vegetable range as well as a large selection of bakery products. In addition to this focus on fresh, the store offers a strong locally sourced product range, which includes free-range eggs and lamb, amongst other products. This sourcing approach benefits local producers who have been negatively impacted by the closure of restaurants and cafes and the dramatic reduction in tourism due to the coronavirus crisis.

Focus on health and safety

The new store creates jobs for 22 team members from the area. All new SPAR colleagues were tested for the COVID-19 virus before they started their first working day. The store maintains a strict health and safety policy. Before staff members start their shift, their temperature is measured. For the protection of customers and employees, plexiglass screens were installed instore, and free protective masks are distributed to customers who do not have a mask when entering the store.

Convenience and experience

Opening hours have been extended from 7 am to 10 pm from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 8 am to 9 pm, making it easier for customers to avoid peak hours instore.

The 53 parking spaces in front of the store, with canopies to protect the vehicles from the sun, add an element of convenience.

Community support

During the opening of the new store in Buje, SPAR Croatia donated 70 multifunctional fire extinguishers to the town’s Voluntary Fire Brigade. These help the firefighters with daily interventions and enable even faster action in emergencies.

In addition to the newly opened SPAR Supermarket in Buje, SPAR Croatia operates stores in Umag, Labin, Pula (two stores) and Poreč in Istria county.

Source: Instore Magazine 

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About SPAR Croatia

The first SPAR store opened in Croatia in mid-2005, following the signing of the licence agreement between ASPIAG (Austrian SPAR International AG) and SPAR International in 2004.

As a member of the ASPIAG group, SPAR Croatia has access to a wide range of own brand products. Brand development has primarily taken place through SPAR Supermarkets and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets, both through the take-over of existing chains and the opening of new stores.