SPAR Ukraine opens two new stores during first quarter

March 23, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Store openings

Two new SPAR stores opened in Ukraine in February, bringing convenient quality grocery options to a wider customer base. These innovative stores provide excellent examples of global best practices adapted to suit local customer needs.

A SPAR Express convenience store opened in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk, with a retail sales area of 110m2. The company-owned store provides several self-service departments, a good range of fruit and vegetables, and a serviced food-to-go counter. The two checkouts ensure customers receive good service and can rapidly exit the store after selecting their purchases.

In the town of Volodmyr-Volynskyi, an independent retailer has been granted a license to open a 505m2 SPAR Supermarket. The full offer instore includes counters for delicatessen, meats and fish, an instore bakery, fruit and vegetables, home meal replacements and food-to-go options. The local community can enjoy a high-quality coffee in the café combined with a light meal such as a panini.

Upskilling retail teams

SPAR Ukraine operates a diverse range of stores, providing both corporate and independent retail teams access to a training academy, with new colleagues undergoing an induction training programme. Nine new members manage the latest company-owned store whilst 19 colleagues run the independently owned Volodmyr-Volynskyi store. Customers of the two new stores have welcome SPAR Ukraine’s loyalty programme.

In line with SPAR Ukraine’s sustainability focus, both new stores offer paper bags, reducing the volume of plastic used instore. A recycling system is in operation throughout both stores. Both stores have partnered with a local charity, another example of supporting the local communities they serve.

Source: SPAR Ukraine

About SPAR Ukraine

SPAR was launched in Ukraine in 2001 with the opening of the first SPAR Supermarket. Since then, independent retailers have continued to bring the brand to local consumers in several cities.

SPAR has experienced a lot of change in Ukraine over the past few years. On 1 December 2016, a new licence was granted to Volwest LLC, a prominent retailer with over 200 supermarkets across the country and a strong track record of partnering with independent retailers. Volwest works with all SPAR retailers to strengthen the brand presence in the country, opening new convenience stores, supermarkets, and hypermarkets.