SPAR: forecourt and online expansion

Date : 23 February 2016

As SPAR Switzerland sees a fall in its revenues, SPAR Hungary sets out its expansion of its forecourt operations and SPAR Netherlands spotlights how half its stores now provide online ordering, we round up news from the company.

SPAR suffers fall in turnover in Switzerland

SPAR Switzerland has said that its turnover fell by 1.6% in 2015 to CHF596m (US$601.8m) as it invested in prices. The retailer said that it was pleased with the results given the challenging market environment and pointed to the expansion of its ‘Schellen-Ursli’ private label range as a highlight for 2015.

SPAR spotlights forecourt expansion in Hungary

SPAR Austria has added 45 SPAR Express convenience stores on OMV forecourts in Hungary over the last two years, following the opening of the first in 2013. The convenience stores see SPAR focus on providing a wide range of private label products.

SPAR reorganises in the Netherlands…

SPAR has reorganised its internal structure to help it drive the expansion of its City concept. To help increase the pace of expansion it has appointed Martijn van der Hoeven as format manager, Mariëlle Witjes will focus on marketing communications and ecommerce, while Henk van Leusden was appointed commercial programme manager. The changes also included appointments in the category and private label teams as well. The retailer is focusing on the City format as a way to target urban shoppers in high footfall locations.

…Expands reach of online store

SPAR has also said that following the addition of further stores that allow online ordering, the service is available at over half of its 130 convenience stores. Shoppers are now available to purchase from the retailer’s full range for delivery or collection in store, with orders over €50 available to receive the service for free. SPAR has said that its Bon Appetit! range of prepared meals will also be available through the online service after proving popular with older shoppers and those with children.