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SPAR Express store growth continues in Italy

April 21, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Store openings

Gruppo 3A, partner of DESPAR Italia for the Northwest, started 2021 with new SPAR Express store openings in two strategic sites. A SPAR Express store opened in the city centre of Turin at the end of February. The town of Bergeggi, in the province of Savona, celebrated the opening of a SPAR Express store three weeks later.

SPAR Express convenience stores, designed to meet most everyday shopping needs, offer a selected assortment. Shoppers enjoy a choice of fresh foods and quality products, including many SPAR Own Brand items.

Fresh solutions at the heart of local communities

The format is proving highly successful in a region where the SPAR brand was only introduced in early 2020. An increasing number of independent SPAR retailers have embraced this modern retail store format in the region. Proximity and shopping convenience have been adapted to suit the latest consumer trends. SPAR in Italy provides essential groceries to meet the needs of local communities.

By opening new SPAR stores, Gruppo 3A is reaching a growing customer base, and becoming even more embedded in local communities. Offering both an enhanced shopping experience and convenient solutions is key to its retail strategy.

Retailer of the Year Award

As a champion of local communities, the SPAR brand has proven resilient and successful in the past months. In Italy, SPAR was recognised as Retailer of the Year 2020/2021.

Source: DESPAR Italia

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About SPAR Italy

SPAR Italy was first granted the licence to operate the SPAR Brand in 1959. The first store opened in 1960, and with it, SPAR became the first partnership of retailers and wholesalers to operate in the country. SPAR Italy, known locally as DESPAR Italia, licenses regional partners, all of whom work together to grow the brand across the country.

The DESPAR Partners operate 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. While the majority of the company’s turnover is acquired through these larger format stores, the independently owned neighbourhood supermarkets remain a key part of the business.