SPAR Switzerland opened its first EUROSPAR flagship supermarket in the municipality of Schanis, marking the start of a new phase for the SPAR operator. The store comprises 1,200m² and offers 15,000 food and non-food products, various serviced counters, and an in-store café. The adjacent SPAR Express store enables customers to shop until late in the evening and on Sundays. SPAR Switzerland has also launched a new SPAR Training Academy on the same premises.
The wine department stars a large selection of domestic and international wines, with a sommelier providing advice on the wines on offer. Under the SPAR Natural banner, customers can find organic and ecological products in various product ranges. The new EUROSPAR Supermarket features a self-service Bean Tree Café with 50 instore seats and 40 seats on a covered outdoor terrace. In addition to fresh coffee, a large selection of soft drinks, snacks, and prepared meals are available.
Thanks to the latest air-conditioning technology, waste heat from the store’s refrigeration systems is reused in a closed circuit to heat the entire building. All instore devices and lighting fixtures are operated with the most efficient methods. The new EUROSPAR Supermarket is located near the motorway exit and offers free parking and two e-charging stations. The adjacent state-of-the-art SPAR Express forecourt store offers everything for customers’ daily needs, including fresh produce, bread, dairy products, and snacks on a retail space of 120m². In the next few years, SPAR Switzerland intends to convert eight to fifteen other SPAR markets to the EUROSPAR Supermarket format.
The EUROSPAR Supermarket launch also marks the opening of SPAR Switzerland’s Training Academy. This academy offers training courses to SPAR team members at the new store premises to improve customer service, store profitability, work efficiency, and better understand the retail business. Furthermore, SPAR Switzerland will provide e-learning courses adapted to specific training needs, focusing on neighbourhood retailing, professional customer service, and sustainability.