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SPAR launches third store in Sri Lanka

October 2, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: Store openings

SPAR Sri Lanka has launched its third store in Colombo, in the heart of the Central Business District. The new 464m2 convenience store offers customers a welcoming retail environment with an emphasis on fresh food, including a wide range of fruits and vegetables, hot meals, fresh meat and fish, as well as an instore bakery.

The fresh foods are strongly complemented by a large selection of dry foods, including SPAR Own Brands, which extend across all categories and have been sourced from the top manufacturers around the world.

The instore Bean Tree coffee shop offers a choice of hot meals and baked goods, which can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee from the well-known Lavazza range. The entire SPAR team was employed at the beginning of August and went through extensive training, using material developed by SPAR International.

Wayne Hodson, CEO of SPAR Sri Lanka, said: “We are very proud of what the team has achieved over such a short period of time and we are extremely excited about our new convenience store which is situated in the middle of both a growing residential area and an established business zone.

“Whilst this is our third corporate store in Sri Lanka, our primary mission is to develop and grow local, independent retailers, supporting them through the implementation of efficient supply chain management, stock procurement, promotional and marketing support, IT, and retail leadership. We will ultimately be the support mechanism for independently owned and operated stores, supporting them under the SPAR Brand and allowing them to compete with the major chains.”

SPAR Sri Lanka (PVT) LTD is a partnership between SPAR South Africa and Ceylon Biscuits Limited and has announced the intention to operate 50 new SPAR stores by 2023.

Source: SPAR Sri Lanka


About SPAR Sri Lanka 

SPAR International granted a licence to Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL Group) in 2017 to operate the SPAR Brand in Sri Lanka in a joint venture with the SPAR Group Ltd South Africa. CBL is a well-established organisation, founded in the 1960s and employing 5,000 people across diverse operations. It has strong roots in local communities and a commitment to enhancing food retailing and entrepreneurial opportunities in the market, making it an ideal partner for SPAR.