SPAR stores across Italy are applying discounts on purchases made with shopping vouchers, based on the official discount system issued by municipalities following the recommendations from the Italian Retailers’ Association, Federdistribuzione, to implement nationwide rules on such discounts, in order to avoid fragmentation and local differences.
In this way, SPAR is acting upon its responsibility as a retailer, to support its local communities and their most vulnerable members.
“Our SPAR brand is deeply connected to its local communities and we share their current concerns. This is why we are working hard to do our part. We have readily embraced the government’s call to improve the purchasing power of this tool for disadvantaged households” said Lucio Fochesato, General Manager of DESPAR Italia.
SPAR Italy and its Partners responded also to the first call by the Italian government to grant discounts to municipalities purchasing shopping vouchers for local households in need. Other support measures by SPAR Italy include a donation of €500,000 to the main Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Italy, rising up to the challenges caused by the coronavirus.
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.