The store team benefit from having access to world-class retail operations training. Since the first SPAR store opened on the island, the brand has become well-known with customers. This was reflected in customers response to the new store at the opening. The food service offering includes healthy salad mixes in the to-go meal section and a coffee corner which is also a meeting point for employees of the adjacent design centre. To reduce excess plastic usage, paper-based packaging has been developed for ready meals.
The three team members who run the 80m2 SPAR Express store can access extensive retail operations training tools. Another tool open to the retailer is the locally developed POS system operating throughout the store. The system facilitates promotions offers connected to credit card payments.
SPAR Sri Lanka is renown for its strong SPAR Own Brand offering. They support local producers and bring new products to markets through its international network. SPAR Sri Lanka has built brand awareness through the ten company-owned stores on the island which last year generated retail turnover of €57 million.
Source: SPAR Sri Lanka
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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. It employs 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.