SPAR Italy continues expansion of neighbourhood store network

June 9, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Climate, Store openings

SPAR Italy partners continue to expand the network of SPAR neighbourhood stores based on the latest SPAR store design and shopfitting trends. Featuring a compelling product assortment, these new stores reflect the SPAR Brand’s values of local sourcing and community support. In addition, each new or renovated SPAR store includes low environmental impact systems such as state-of-the-art refrigeration and energy-efficient LED lighting systems.

INTERSPAR in Belvedere Marittimo

Following a complete renovation to ensure maximum shopping convenience, the INTERSPAR Hypermarket in Belvedere Marittimo (Cosenza) has recently reopened its doors. Instore highlights are several fresh counters serving delicatessen, fresh meat, cold cuts, and fresh seafood. There is also a large fruit and vegetable area and a section offering items to celebrate special occasions. The new look-and-feel of this store is part of SPAR Italy partner Maiora’s store renovation programme that will continue throughout 2021 in Calabria.

New DESPAR store in Alba

Gruppo 3A, the SPAR Brand license holder for the Northwest of Italy, has welcomed a new DESPAR store in Alba, a renowned culinary and wine-making city in Cuneo province. Independent SPAR retailers Donatella and Salvatore’s vision has always been to create a retail environment with care for every detail where friendliness, customer service, and quality are the main priorities.

Aspiag Service opens new DESPAR store

SPAR Italy partner Aspiag Service has recently opened a new DESPAR store in Rosolina (Rovigo), a coastal town below Venice. On a sales area of 800m2, of which 500m2 are dedicated to food, the store employs 25 team members, including 15 new hires. In keeping with SPAR’s environmental commitment, Aspiag prioritizes environmental sustainability and local community while opening new stores in the region.

Paolo Ambrosini, Aspiag Service sales area manager for the Veneto region, said: “Our goal is to be close to people and the environment. For this reason, we are entering a partnership with a local charity that will distribute unsold goods also from this new SPAR store to support our local community and its most vulnerable members.”

New EUROSPAR store in the Dolomite Alps

On Friday 21 May 2021, a new EUROSPAR store opened its doors in Castelrotto (Bolzano). The renovated EUROSPAR Dolomiti store is operated by brothers Robert and Filip Stuflesser, SPAR independent retailers who own SPAR stores in Ortisei and Fiè. The local community has welcomed EUROSPAR Dolomiti, with its vast assortment, local products, fresh food, and excellent delicatessen department.

Source: DESPAR Italia, SPAR Italy Partners Maiora and Aspiag Service

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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, and with it, SPAR became 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 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 company achieves most of its turnover through these larger format stores, the independently owned neighbourhood supermarkets remain vital.