SPAR opens new doors

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Tom Bicknell

BY TOM BICKNELL

SPAR opens new doors

SPAR has opened new stores and facilities in both India and Australia this month as it steadily grows its presence in the Asia-Pacific

SPAR opens new doors

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International retail group SPAR is expanding its operations across the Asia-Pacific region, this week in India and Australia.

In Gurgaon, southwest of Delhi, SPAR India announced its tenth hypermarket in the country this week.

The 6,600m2 store follows the same format as the retailer’s other Indian outlets in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Pune, Coimbatore and Delhi.

An addition to what the company claims is the largest fresh produce section in any Indian hypermarket, SPAR’s new Gurgaon store will offer fresh juices and fruit salads, available to be consumed in store.

“At SPAR the effort is to maximise procurement of fresh produce directly from the source, ie the farmers,” the retailer said in a statement. “The bulk of the fruits and vegetables are directly procured and maintained at the desired temperature to preserve quality, freshness and retain nutritive value.”

In Australia, SPAR has also opened its second distribution centre (DC) this month. The new Sydney DC will reportedly dramatically cut lead times on orders to SPAR stores in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

“The facility we have acquired is brand new and has not only enhanced our service in cross-docking but will deliver the important ability to pick pack key lines,” SPAR Australia national logistics manager Grant Gearing told local media.

SPAR Australia supplies independent retailers in the country’s eastern states, as well as 27 SPAR-branded supermarkets run on a franchise model.

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