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SPAR Hungary has continued the expansion of its store network with the opening of a new 984m2 supermarket in Sárospatak in the north of the country. A total of over €1. 98 million was invested in the modern, energy-efficient supermarket which offers employment to 20 new team members.

The new SPAR Supermarket is located close to main roads so is easily accessible. 52 parking spaces are available for customers. The fruit and vegetable section at the entrance welcomes shoppers. Adjacent to this, refrigerators offer a range of convenience products. Next, the bakery department and an area offering warm meals prepared instore are located. The supermarket features a self-service deli section and refrigerated counters with meat and dairy products in the rear of the store. Drinks and frozen goods complete the product offer. With a focus on convenience, self-service checkout is available.

Keeping SPAR Hungary’s sustainability goals in mind, the supermarket is equipped with LED lighting. The cooling system runs on environmentally friendly, CO2-based technology.  All fridges are equipped with doors to reduce energy usage.

“For SPAR Hungary, it is a strategic goal to provide customers with the highest quality service as well as sustainable operations. With this in mind, we are continuing our store development programme which allows us to open new stores”, said Márk Maczelka, Head of Communications at SPAR Hungary.

Source: SPAR Hungary

About SPAR Hungary

The licensing of independent retailers to operate the SPAR Brand in Hungary has proven successful. The retailers benefit from access to SPAR Own Brand products and expertise, while consumers enjoy the increased number of store locations. SPAR Hungary is one of the country’s largest employers, with nearly 18,000 team members. SPAR Hungary runs a network of over 610 company-owned and independently-run stores. The retailer’s online platform is available in Budapest and over 50 surrounding municipalities.

SPAR Switzerland and AVIA have opened the first 24/7 SPAR Express forecourt store operating without onsite personnel at Zurich’s Sihlqui bus terminal.

In addition to refuelling, customers can now also stock up on groceries, fresh snacks, and coffee.

The 50m2 store offers around 1,000 products, including bread and bakery products, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meat, drinks, basic food items, hygiene articles, and car accessories.

Access is made possible through FAST aXs technology which allows customers to enter the store by scanning a QR code at the entrance with their smartphone and accepting the terms and conditions.

People do not need to download an app or register. Items are also scanned with the smartphone and payment is made by Twint, credit or debit card, or with Apple Pay or Google Pay.

The store is equipped with cameras and sensors. If customers have questions or face any issues, information is provided online instantly and additional support is offered.

Sales are monitored via an app which ensures that the store is always replenished with fresh food. Customers purchasing fuel can pay at the AVIA petrol station with a fuel card, debit or credit card or cash.

SPAR Switzerland and AVIA intend to open additional unattended 24/7 SPAR Express forecourt stores.

Initially, units will be tested in the villages of Rueras and Surava in the Canton of Graubünden and at SPAR Switzerland’s central office in St. Gallen.

“These small retail units are primarily intended to complement the existing SPAR stores in order to offer customers 27/4 shopping. This means that those working early or late shifts can enjoy a fresh coffee with croissants or a light meal,” says André Scherrer, SPAR Switzerland’s Sales Director.

Tom Rose, Head of Operations at SPAR International, adds: “We are always on the lookout for opportunities to enhance our customers shopping experience in line with our goal of providing customers with fresh products, high quality, and convenience.”

“It is great to see the launch of this solution in Switzerland, using the latest state-of-the-art technology to bring a frictionless retail offering to shoppers 24/7.”

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Olympia’s beloved Spar Café was family-owned for 60 of its 70 years of existence and then changed hands to another Pacific Northwest family — ours! From its original days as a blue-collar joint for dockworkers and loggers to its modern reinterpretation as a gathering spot for students, politicians and legislators, The Spar has a long-running history as an anchor of the community.

Some of you may remember the Olympia Beer ads of the early ‘80s announcing “It’s the water.” We can’t confirm or deny that Artesians (those brewers of the purest water) exist, but we do know that the very same artesian well water bubbles away in the basement of the Spar Café, and even inspired us to make vodka with it.

According to one hydrogeologist, the water is from an aquifer called the Tumwater Sand of the Holocene Epoch, a deposit of the Deschutes River (in Washington, not Oregon) The sand was deposited as the Deschutes re-established its channel after the last glacier withdrew from the Puget Sound, about 12,000 years ago – and this is the very water you drink in the pub and in our Spar Vodka.

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