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SPAR further expands its retail footprint in Northwest Italy

January 19, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Store openings

Gruppo 3A, Partner of DESPAR Italia for the Northwest, closed 2020 with two new additions to its retail portfolio: a EUROSPAR Supermarket in Castagnito (Cuneo), and a DESPAR Express in Trofarello. Offering shopping convenience and high-quality local products, these energy-efficient, SPAR stores are a welcome addition to their local communities. SPAR retailers promote locally sourced products and typical delicacies from the best local suppliers.

The EUROSPAR Supermarket in Castagnito is equipped with large windows that allow for clear views into the fruit and vegetable department from outside the 650m2 store. Local products in the delicatessen and bakery departments are prominently displayed. At the butchery counter, customers can find meat from the local Consortium for the Piedmontese Cattle Breed, under the Coalvi meat brand.

Shopping convenience for local customers is available also online, through the e-commerce site of DESPAR Northwest, offering both deliveries and click-and-collect options.

The EUROSPAR store is operated by independent retailers Stefania and Maurizio Bolle, who own five other stores in the area between Cuneo and Asti. To celebrate the opening of the latest EUROSPAR Supermarket, the owners chose to donate a pallet of products to the local Caritas centre, helping those most in need. “We make daily choices to enhance our local communities. To us, this means promoting the products from our local suppliers, so that excellent products from our region become more widely known. We contribute to our local communities, their heritage and culture, also by supporting local associations and charities”.

New DESPAR Express in Trofarello near Turin

Ensuring a fast, convenient and quality shopping experience for the local community, DESPAR Northwest opened a new DESPAR Express store last December in Trofarello, in the province of Turin.

The store offers high service levels and excellent quality in both fresh and ultra-fresh products, while putting a strong focus on convenience products. The assortment includes ample choice of local products and DESPAR Own Brands of the best Italian quality. This is in line with SPAR objective of supporting local suppliers which strengthens the bond with local communities. An example of this is the served delicatessen and food-to-go department offering many culinary highlights from the local tradition.

Great focus has been given to environmental sustainability in designing this store, that uses LED lighting and closed chilled counters that minimise heat dispersion.

“The opening of our DESPAR Express supermarket was a moment that everyone in town was awaiting with great expectation. We created a place where people can feel at home and where you can find courtesy, freshness, competence, advice on purchases and convenience”, said Rosanna and Gianluca Bortolozzo, the owners of the new DESPAR Express and of the EUROSPAR Supermarket in the same municipality. “It is important for us to stand for service and neighbourhood retailing. We want to earn the trust of those who choose to shop with us every day, through the expertise that we make available to our customers.”

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 the latter part of 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.