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SPAR Italy Partner Aspiag Service develops new DC

August 24, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: Supply Chain

Aspiag Service, DESPAR Italia’s partner for the Northeast and the Emilia-Romagna region, is developing a new 57,000m2 distribution centre (DC) near Bologna, in Castel San Pietro Terme. The new DC is expected to be completed in 2021.

The SPAR Partner presented the project earlier last week, announcing that the new DC will be servicing retail stores in the central part of Italy. Thanks to its strategic position on the North-South axis, the DC will be serving as a logistic hub for other nearby warehouses, complementing the DESPAR supply chain network for Emilia-Romagna and beyond. The new DC will incorporate sustainable logistics, based on agreements between DESPAR and the local government.

This new DC is expected to handle about 20 million cases a year, and the planned investment amounts to over €32 million. The new warehouse will provide employment to 110 colleagues, and about ten new staff members will be recruited to work in the offices.

“Even in a complex year like this, we are continuing to invest, both in this important logistics development, and in the ongoing opening of additional DESPAR stores”, said Alessandro Urban, Aspiag Service Regional Coordinator.

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.