SPAR Croatia has commenced the first phase of construction of its new logistics centre in Donja Zdenčina, located in the municipality of Klinča Sela in Zagreb county.
The retailer is investing more than €100 million in the project as it seeks to improve its operational efficiency in the country.
The first phase will see the construction of a new distribution centre, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024. It is expected to create approximately 500 new jobs.
The 75,000-square-metre facility will be built on a 410,000-square-metre location, well connected by roads and close to public city transport and the railway.
The total storage capacity of the new distribution centre will be over 100,000 pallets, the retailer added.
A 'Strategically Important Project'
Danijelo Vidiš, SPAR Croatia Board member, commented, "The construction of the SPAR logistics centre represents the most strategically important project for us at SPAR Croatia. Given the amount of investment and the number of employees, I believe that it is currently the largest project in Zagreb County and the municipality of Klinča Sela."
"Thanks to the efficient cooperation with the local self-government led by Mayor Miljenko Vučković, we were able to speed up the start of this high-value project."
In July of this year, the retailer announced an investment of €19.9 million in a new 3,000 square-metre INTERSPAR hypermarket in the town of Velika Gorica, south of Zagreb.
SPAR Croatia reported retail sales growth of 8.1% in 2021, ending the year with €792.6 million and ranking third in the Croatian market in terms of turnover.