SPAR UAE has celebrated the opening of its first supermarket in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) most populous city.
This takes the total number of SPAR multi-format modern supermarkets in the country to 31.
SPAR says the 725sqm neighbourhood supermarket is on the “prestigious” Hessa Street. Because it will cater to both nationals and expatriates, its product assortment will have a large selection of local and globally sourced produce. This will include fish and shellfish ranges, cheese and delicatessen products, and SPAR Own Brands sourced from around the world.
‘Strength to strength’
Managing Director of SPAR International Tobias Wasmuht said: “Since launching in Abu Dhabi in 2012, SPAR has gone from strength to strength in the Middle East. Today, it has a presence in four of the six GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] states.
“The SPAR brand, with its strong international recognition, has been very well received. Our scalable multi-format strategy of operating SPAR hypermarkets, supermarkets, neighbourhood and convenience stores is very well suited for meeting and adapting to local consumer needs.
“We’re delighted with the launch of the first SPAR Supermarket in Dubai. It’s another fantastic achievement for our SPAR UAE Partners, with whom we have a longstanding relationship.”
30 more supermarkets
The Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS) operates SPAR in the UAE. SPAR UAE is now planning to accelerate its new store opening programme. It has development plans in place to launch 30 more multi-format SPAR Supermarkets and an extra 30,000sqm of selling area. This will include nine supermarkets in newly developed community centres.
Commenting on the opening of the store in Dubai, Chief Operating Officer of ADCOOPS Bejoy Thomas Pulickel said: “We look forward to opening many more new SPAR stores over the coming months – providing a world-class shopping experience to our valued customers across the UAE.”