SPAR South Africa holds KwaZulu Natal Junior Chef competition

South Africa, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Six young aspirant chefs took to their cooking stations recently in this year’s finals of the SPAR South Africa KwaZulu Natal Junior Chef competition. The young primary school finalists battled it out for the first-place spot with twelve year old, Ryleigh Rutherford, taking home the honours with a […]

SPAR Slovenia a proud sponsor of the EuroBasket Champions

Slovenia, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Slovenia has been the sponsor of the national basketball team for 17 years and this year’s sponsorship was extra special with the team being crowned European Champions at the EuroBasket finals in Istanbul. There were more than 7,000 Slovenians in the stands to support their team and […]

SPAR Austria opens newly expanded and modernised academy following €10 million investment

Vienna, Austria, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The SPAR Academy in Vienna is one of Europe’s most innovative development centres, offering training to 300 apprentices. Showing its commitment to employee development, SPAR Austria recently invested around €10 million in the expansion and modernisation of the academy. The new facilities offer high-tech materials and new methods of […]

SPAR Hungary introduces its 30-day lifestyle change mobile app

Hungary, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Hungary recently introduced its 30-day lifestyle change mobile app, helping those who wish to take steps to improve their health. The app users are given access to dietary plans developed by nutritional experts, training programmes, and other useful tips to help them reach their goals. The SPAR Lifestyle […]

SPAR Poland re-launches its SPAR Express store in Krakow

Poland, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Poland has re-launched its SPAR Express store in Krakow, located next to the famous Wawel Castle, introducing a new convenience model to the market. The store meets the easy shopping standards and flexibility demanded by city centre locations. SPAR Poland aims to increase the number of SPAR […]

SPAR further expands in Georgia with its 36th store and still to open 10 more by year-end

Georgia, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Georgia are delighted with their progress having opened eight new stores in a few months, bringing the total number of SPAR stores in the country to 36, five of which are operated by SPAR Georgia’s sub-license partners. SPAR Georgia has now penetrated three new local markets and […]

SPAR UK Partner, A.F. Blakemore celebrates 100 years of business with new initiatives

SPAR UK Partner, A.F. Blakemore celebrates 100 years of business with new initiatives   United Kingdom, 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Partner, A.F. Blakemore, is celebrating 100 years of business and has undertaken a number of new initiatives that add value to the local communities it serves. Installation of defibrillators The partner has […]

SPAR Slovenia announces the winner of its Start It Up, Slovenia! Project

SPAR Slovenia announces the winner of its Start It Up, Slovenia! Project   Slovenia, 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twelve ideas, twelve products, one winner. SPAR Slovenia together with the Formitas Agency and POPTV broadcasting company, entered into an innovative seven-month partnership to give young Slovenian entrepreneurs the chance of an exclusive business opportunity […]

SPAR Italy Partners sponsor Serie A team FC Crotone for the 2017/2018 season

SPAR Italy Partners sponsor Serie A team FC Crotone for the 2017/2018 season   Italy, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two SPAR Italy Partners are sponsoring Serie A football teams this season. DESPAR Southern and Central Italy Partner, Maiora is sponsoring Serie A (Italy’s top football league) team FC Crotone during the 2017/2018 season. […]

SPAR Guangdong supports programmes for children in Dongguan Province

SPAR Guangdong supports programmes for children in Dongguan Province   Guangdong, China, 2017-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Partners in China are very actively involved in community initiatives. Here, we share details of only two of the recently held programmes for children, focused on Dongguan Province. SPAR Guangdong launched the Hazeline Jingxin Green Backpack Charitable event for […]

SPAR supports Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017-Sep-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — With 328 days until the start of the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships, of which SPAR is the principal sponsor, the organisers have announced that an unprecedented 75,000 tickets have already been sold for the six day event from 7-12 August. The championships will be staged as […]

SPAR Norway tackles food waste with 50% off on all freshly baked bread one hour before closing time

Norway, 2017-Sep-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Norway is aiming to reduce food waste by 270 tons a year. How does it hope to achieve this? By offering a 50 percent discount on all freshly baked bread one hour before closing time. Before officially launching the bread waste reduction scheme in August, it was […]

SPAR Croatia successfully converts 40 Billa stores into SPAR

Croatia, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Earlier this year, SPAR Croatia’s acquisition of all Billa stores in the country was approved and within just two months, 40 Billa stores were converted to SPAR. The deal also included the takeover of the former Billa logistics centre. The acquired stores are located throughout Croatia, from Istria […]

SPAR Poland accelerates its expansion this summer with new store openings

SPAR Poland accelerates its expansion this summer with new store openings   Poland, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s been a busy summer for SPAR Poland with the opening of four new stores in the space of just one week and the planning of more at an advanced stage. SPAR in Poland is systematically […]

SPAR Ireland launches new community initiative to deliver life-saving defibrillator at every EUROSPAR Supermarket

Ireland, 2017-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Ireland has launched a new community initiative, which aims to deliver a life-saving defibrillator at every EUROSPAR Supermarket. There are currently 50 EUROSPAR Supermarkets nationwide ensuring new defibrillators become available throughout the country – many in areas where a defibrillator is not currently available. Michael Lyster of […]

SPAR highlights key themes of the 62nd International SPAR Congress at the third issue of Contact International 2017

Gran Canaria, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In this edition, we highlight the key themes of the 62nd International SPAR Congress, which took place on the island of Gran Canaria in May. At this year’s Congress, we celebrated the 85th anniversary of SPAR with the theme ‘Better Together for 85 years’. Better Together is […]

SPAR announces Cystic Fibrosis Ireland as its new national charity partner

Ireland, 2017-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR has announced that Cystic Fibrosis Ireland will be its new national charity partner for the next two years. SPAR has vowed to raise up to €300,000 during this time for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland through collection boxes in 400 SPAR stores nationwide, a donation on selected SPAR Own […]

SPAR Austria trainee, Nadine Ascher awarded with Golden Badge of Achievement at the Tyrolean apprentice competition

Austria, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Austria trainee, Nadine Ascher, from the SPAR store in Brixlegg, Tyrol, outperformed strong competition at the Tyrolean apprentice competition and was awarded with the Golden Badge of Achievement. This award once again highlights SPAR Austria’s commitment to the development of young talent. Nadine, 18, prevailed against many […]

SPAR India opens its 18th store located in the Prozone Mall in the city of Coimbatore

India, 2017-Aug-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR India has officially opened its 18th store – a new and innovative supermarket in the Prozone Mall in the city of Coimbatore. This next generation SPAR Hypermarket offers customers an exciting shopping experience with the use of state-of-the-art technology. The Coimbatore store spans 2,787 m2 and offers a […]

SPAR Ireland promotes healthy lifestyle through SPAR FitLive running series

SPAR Ireland promotes healthy lifestyle through SPAR FitLive running series   Dublin, Ireland, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — A SPAR-sponsored running event took place recently in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Over 3,000 people participated in the 5 and 10k races, many of whom were taking part in an official run for the first time. The […]

SPAR Hungary completes renewal and renovation of two supermarkets in Budapest as part of its store modernisation program

Hungary, 2017-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Hungary recently renewed two stores in Budapest with a budget of more than 500 million HUF (€1.6 million). The SPAR Partner is constantly monitoring and meeting customer demands and store modernisation forms an important part of this. During the first half of this year, SPAR Hungary implemented major […]

SPAR celebrates 85th anniversary in the Netherlands

Netherlands, 2017-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year, SPAR celebrates its 85th anniversary. In the Netherlands, where the brand was founded back in 1932, this is being celebrated with a new brand building campaign and a new e-commerce platform. At a store level, the campaign is being carried out with an updated look-and-feel for […]

SPAR India customers delighted with its latest gift card concept

SPAR India customers delighted with its latest gift card concept   India, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The gifting industry in India is considered to be worth a massive $30 billion a year. Gifting customs have changed but solutions haven’t always kept pace. SPAR India recognise this and aim to grow their share of […]

SPAR Austria highlight its CSR initiatives

SPAR Austria highlight its CSR initiatives   Austria, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responsible retailing and community involvement are high on SPAR Austria’s agenda and deeply rooted in its corporate culture. SPAR Austria is actively engaging in CSR initiatives at national, regional and local levels. Here we highlight some recent examples which underline the […]

SPAR Italy partner Maiora opens its newest store in the city of Bari

Italy, 2017-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maiora, SPAR Partner for South-East and Central Italy, is delighted with customer reactions to their newest store, located at the main railway station in the city of Bari. Catering to the 38,000 commuters each day, this store is the first convenience supermarket located on the main platform of […]

SPAR UK partners donate hours of employee time to support youth project in South Wales

SPAR UK partners donate hours of employee time to support youth project in South Wales   An army of 40 volunteers from Blakemore Trade Partners has donated 520 hours of employee time supporting a youth project in South Wales. South Wales, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Volunteers from the division’s Trading Department rolled up […]

SPAR Spain highlights programmes supported by partners

SPAR Spain highlights programmes supported by partners   SPAR in Spain support many initiatives on an ongoing basis; here we highlight two recent programmes which were supported by partners. Spain, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Approximately 350,000 children in Spain are considered to be in need of supplementary nutrition to meet their daily needs. […]

SPAR India CIO Sunil Nair listed in the top 50 CIO’s across all industries in the Indian market

India, 2017-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Individual recognition has been given to Sunil Nair, CIO SPAR India, for his exemplary technology initiatives and IT leadership, earning him a position in the top 50 CIO’s across all industries in the Indian market. This recognition came from the Big CIO Show, which is an exclusive initiative […]

New partnership brings SPAR brand to Cyprus

Cyprus, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR International has announced an exciting new partnership with Ermes Department Stores PLC, a member of The Cyprus Trading Corporation PLC, the largest and most diversified listed Group in Cyprus. The new entity, SPAR Cyprus, aims to become the leading wholesale and retail service provider to independent retailers […]

SPAR Hungary announces further expansion in the first half of 2017

Hungary, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Hungary has announced impressive growth figures for 2016, growing partnerships with independent retailers and further expansion in the first half of 2017. 2016 marked SPAR’s 25th anniversary in Hungary. During the year, SPAR Hungary announced the opening of 46 new stores across the country, including 22 SPAR […]