SPAR Zimbabwe has opened four supermarkets in the country this year, creating over 200 jobs in the process, the company’s public relations officer, Louise McAllister, has said.
BY MTHANDAZO NYONI
“Spar Zimbabwe has seen significant expansion this year. In addition to Spar Ballantyne, which opened in April, Spar Athienitis was opened in September and Spar Arcadia will open in the next few weeks,” McAllister told NewsDay Business in emailed responses.
McAllister said “considerable” investment has been made into the ongoing refurbishments in five Spar stores in Harare and Mutare.
“As a privately-owned company, we are unable to disclose the figures, however, considerable investment has been made into new stores. Over 200 new jobs have been created this year, with ongoing employee training and development programmes in place at all levels,” she said.
“Spar Zimbabwe is optimistic about the future and is committed to continued investment and growth within the Zimbabwe retail sector.”
McAllister said Spar Broadway in Bulawayo relocated to a bigger, more central location in the central business district in May.
The supermarket is the only 24-hour shop in Bulawayo. She said Tops at Spar, a store brand based on the traditional bottle-store concept, was an exciting development, with several Tops outlets now open in Harare, Kadoma and Bulawayo, and more opening shortly.
In addition to Tops, Spar Zimbabwe recently introduced two new shop-within-a-shop concepts, Gifts at Spar and Carnival at Spar.
She said Gifts at Spar offers a wide range of gifts and gifting accessories, while Carnival at Spar offers an array of cakes, confectionary, gelato and soft serve ice cream.
“The shop-within-a-shop concept has proved very successful, and will be rolled out to more Spar stores in due course,” she said.