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It is a retail group that was established in 1932 in the Netherlands as DESPAR by Adriaan van Well and in the late 1940s as SPAR. It continued to settle in the country until, in 1947, it expanded internationally as a wholesaler in Belgium. In 1953, SPAR International was created in Amsterdam to support international efforts.
Thanks to that, SPAR grew rapidly in 9 countries as wholesalers during the 1950s. Some countries were Germany, Denmark, Austria, France, United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy. From the 1960s, it spread to other European countries and also to Africa and Asia. In 1968, the current franchise logo was established. It has continued to expand through several countries and has become the largest supermarket chain in the world.
- Year Business Began: 1932.
- Franchising Since: 1932.
- Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Estimated Number of Units: 13,112.
- Number of Employees: 350,000.
It has become the largest retail supermarket chain in the world. It has established 13,112 stores throughout 48 countries. It has managed to attract approximately 13.5 million customers a day. Today, it has increased its sales by 5.4% to € 35.8 million. It is continuously growing by establishing franchises in more countries and partnering with retailers, wholesalers, and other suppliers supplying them with products.
To invest in SPAR you must evaluate the feasibility and aspects such as the location and size to open a store. Also, you have to keep in mind three situations that include buying a store that already exists, converting your store into SPAR, or building your store. It is necessary from 300 thousand euros to 600 thousand euros approximately to invest in a store. The price may vary depending on the size of the place.
Is it safe to invest in SPAR?
It is totally safe to invest in a SPAR franchise since it has been consolidated over more than 80 years in many countries and has gained the necessary credibility and profitability.
Training & Support
It provides those who have already franchised the appropriate materials and advice to carry out the activities and ideals of SPAR. There will be a series of workshops to train the person in sales, investments, marketing, promotions, and more. Usually, the training is free. A SPAR team will help you with the design of your store.
How to Apply for SPAR ?
You can apply by filling out the application form at