“SPAR India will open Mangalore’s biggest hypermarket, spread over an area of 44,000 sq ft. on the 5th floor of the City Centre Mall on K.S. Rao Road." />
Mangalore, April 30: “SPAR India will open Mangalore’s biggest hypermarket, spread over an area of 44,000 sq ft. on the 5th floor of the City Centre Mall on K.S. Rao Road, one of Mangalore’s busiest commercial areas,” said Mr. Viney Singh, the managing director, at a press meet held after the inauguration of City Centre on April 30, Friday.
SPAR, the world’s largest independent food retail chain, has 13,785 stores across 37 countries and annual revenue of USD 42 billion. SPAR operates under a license agreement between Max Hypermarkets India Pvt. Ltd. & SPAR International.
With its systematically arranged sections, SPAR promises an international shopping experience at Indian prices. SPAR’s attractive features include extra wide aisles, super fast checkouts, escalators, travelators, and elevators to enable trolley shopping within the store and to the car park.
SPAR offers more than 40,000 products from fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, ready-to-eat products, a live bakery, wines, beer and spirits, personal care products, kitchenware, crockery, electronic products and IT accessories, kid’s toys, apparel and stationery. Customers can choose from more than 25 varieties of rice, 35 varieties of cheese from different countries, 45 varieties of fish, and 12 varieties of all major dals. SPAR also has one of the biggest magazine sections in Mangalore with more than 300 national and international magazines. While shopping, customers can enjoy fresh juices, Indian sweets, fruit salads, ice creams, and milk shakes. These items can also be taken home.
SPAR Bakery allows shoppers to indulge in freshly baked breads, savouries, cakes, pastries, gateaux, tarts, and much more. They can also place orders for desserts and cakes for birthday parties. Customers can place their orders for cakes and pick them up once they finish shopping. The bakery range includes a very wide array of breads including health breads, cakes and pastries both with and without eggs as well as desserts which include gateaus, trifles and mousses at very reasonable prices. Photo-printed cakes are now available for the first time in the country, enabling customers to take home actual photos of loved ones or cartoon or children’s story characters printed on a special icing sugar edible sheet for a cake.
The fruits and vegetables at SPAR are directly procured from the farms and maintained at desired temperature to preserve quality and freshness and retain nutritive value. To ensure day-long freshness and quality of the highest order, SPAR uses its in-store state-of-the-art technology. SPAR maintains strict international standards in sourcing the non-vegetarian items. The fish counter at SPAR offers a wide range of sea as well as fresh water fish that are cleaned and cut to customer specifications and then packed in ice thus ensuring freshness till the customer’s doorstep.
SPAR provides the best value for money through its various deals. For example, the ‘Best Deal’ promotions offers number about 500 fortnightly and give customers some of the best bargains going up to almost 75% off.
The other value additions that SPAR offers are the Every Day Low Price (EDLP) items. SPAR identifies the brand/products which form an integral part of the customer’s shopping baskets and maintains them at the lowest retail price throughout the year. More than 150 essential grocery items are maintained at EDLP prices. This offer is a result of SPAR’s customer need analysis expertise over the last 36 years. Customers can also benefit by becoming members of The Inner Circle Loyalty programme from which customers can earn and burn points at any of the Landmark Group’s store formats.
An important CSR initiative that SPAR India has taken up for the cause of reduction in the consumption of plastic bags to help the environment is the introduction of Oxo-biodegradable bags at all SPAR India stores. With this initiative, SPAR India hopes to raise awareness of the need to manage plastic disposal in a scientific but eco friendly manner.