Spar Expands Operations in Africa
Spar International has revealed further plans to grow its presence in Africa with confirmation that the brand has opened its first store in Cameroon.
The move comes just a week after opening a supermarket in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.
Spar has reported that it has seen a 10 per cent increase in retail selling area in the last five years, and the brand now operates in ten markets.
Located in Douala, Cameroon’s largest city, the new 2,500m2 Spar Supermarket was established with local partner L’Atrium S.A, a joint venture between two family-owned companies Dee-lite Sarl and Groupe ARNO.
The company already operates 17 retail stores in Douala and capital city Yaoundé, along with six distribution facilities across the country. Planning is already underway on the next three Spar sites in Cameroon, including a Hypermarket in Yaoundé.
Spar International Managing Director, Dr. Gordon Campbell, said: "Five years ago we identified the major potential for growth of the Spar brand in Africa. Building strong partnerships, sharing international best practice and adhering to the Spar principles of focusing on freshness, quality, choice and customer service has meant that Spar is now at the cutting edge of retail in the region.
"Spar South Africa has been a key enabler of this expansion and has made a major contribution to the success across the African continent, sharing best practice and experience with new partners."
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