We look at how SPAR International partners are investing in their store networks in Spain, Hungary and India.
Spain: opens new stores and modernises existing stores
In the last two months of Q2 2019, SPAR Spain opened three new stores in Gran Canaria, Mérida and Tossa del Mar. The stores have added 1,800 sq. m of space to the retailer’s overall store network.
SPAR will continue to invest in its existing stores, following renovations in four supermarkets in Calonge, Campdevànol, Tarragona and Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). The renovations saw the retailer create greater space for key departments such as Bakery, Butchery, and Delicatessen.
Hungary: reopens four renovated stores
Meanwhile in Hungary, SPAR invested €4.6m (US$5.15m) into renovating stores in Érd, Sárvár, Szeged and Szigetvár. The reopened stores, located into popular tourist destinations, were modernised to create a faster and more convenient shopping experience, even during peak times.
The store in Sárvár features a wider selection of SPAR to Go foods while the store in Szeged has a new marketplace style fresh produce section. All the modernised stores have installed energy-saving cooling equipment and efficient lighting, in line with SPAR Hungary’s environment strategy. New fixtures and fittings have also been added as well as new self-checkouts to improve store efficiencies.
India: opens its fifth store in Hyderabad
Elsewhere, in India, SPAR has opened its fifth store in the city of Hyderabad. The store includes innovative features, such as interactive touchscreens, to improve convenience and complement SPAR’s focus on customer service.
The store comprises an extensive selection of fruits and vegetables, organic produce and daily grocery essentials. There is a large health and beauty assortment as well as shop-in-shop product categories.
Commenting on the opening, CEO of SPAR India, Rajeev Krishnan, said, “Hyderabad is a city which has been especially receptive to SPAR. We couldn’t be more excited about launching our fifth store here, and eagerly look forward to meeting our new shoppers.”
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