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Asda opens first warehouse store named The Deal Depot

Asda opens first warehouse store named The Deal Depot, Credit: IGD Research
Credit: IGD Research



UK retail chain Asda has opened its first bulk-buy trial outlet next to its Bristol superstore. Named The Deal Depot, this new format represents a distinct concept from the core Asda operation, with separate branding and differentiated ranging. The warehouse store is features wide open spaces, wooden fixtures and shop-floor tasting stations. The Deal Depot, which covers an area of 20,000 square feet, is open access and requires no paid membership subscription. Thus, it pitches primarily to an end-user customer base, while its good-value bulk offerings also attract business purchasers. Purchases are limited to multiples of six per customer on many lines.

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Magnit opens the 20,000th store

Magnit opens the 20,000th store

Potato, onion and apples, the most frequent purchases

Magnit, the second largest Russian retailer, has recently opened its 20,000th store. It is located in Moscow region and is equipped with cutting-edge technologies: electronic price tags, mobile bar-code printers, self-service cashiers. The store area is 600 square meters; the assortment includes 6,000 SKU.

By the way, the survey organised by the analytics of Magnit showed that top-5 most frequent purchase in convenience stores are potatoes, onions, apples, bread and chicken.

Russian consumers’ concern about waste

46% of Russian consumers consider waste the most vital ecological challenge, revealed a survey carried out by the Russian research agency VCIOM. Contributing to the problem’s solution, 40% of buyers choose the recycling package, 30% opt for unpacked goods, and 23% discard dangerous waste in special containers. Some retailers install such containers in their stores.

Russian retailers are concerned about waste challenge too. For instance, X5 Retail Group dispatches for recycling all used carton and plastic package. Besides the retailer plans to start selling goods to customers’ package. As for other waste, rotten fruit and vegetables actually account for 45% of all the trash in stores and distribution centers. It would be wise to use them as compost.

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Plans to open 15 more SPAR Express stores in Oman

In the same week as the opening of the 15th corporate owned SPAR Supermarket in Oman, plans were announced for rapid expansion into a further 15 SPAR Express stores.

In the same week as the opening of the 15th corporate owned SPAR Supermarket in Oman, plans were announced for rapid expansion into a further 15 SPAR Express stores.

In a press release, SPAR said this will be achieved through a partnership with Nakheel United Enterprises LLC by converting retail stores at Al Maha petrol forecourt points in Muscat.

Devendra Kumar, head of SPAR Oman’s retail division said, “SPAR’s success story in Oman has been possible because of customers’ acceptance which has been driven by our four core values of Freshness, Choice, Value and Excellent Customer-Service. Over the last 24 months we have expanded to 15 stores in Muscat, and with the launch of the sub-licensing model, we expect to grow multi-fold in the years to come.”

The 15th SPAR Supermarket opened on January 10, having been converted and modernised from the Khimji chain to SPAR. The convenience focused store has a retail selling area of 395m² of which 85m²  is dedicated to fresh produce, fish and meat.

There is an excellent range instore with a very diverse offer including 340 products purchased from India, the Netherlands, South Africa, Belgium, France, South Korea, the UK Kingdom and the US

SPAR Own Brand is prevalent throughout the store with 150 SKU’s being available.

Image (from Spar): M Sridhar, K Kapadia & D Moore open the 15th store

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Russian retailer Lenta doubles its selling space

Lenta, one of Russia’s largest hypermarket chains, achieved its strategic objective of doubling its selling space by the end of 2016

Russia’s fastest growing hypermarket operator Lenta last year doubled its total selling space thus achieving a goal set in early 2014.

In a press release, the retailer said it now has a total selling space of more than 1 million m2, making it the country’s largest hypermarket chain in 2015 in terms of total selling space.

It also said:

  • Today Lenta accounts for approximately 20% of all hypermarket selling space in Russia.
  • It has opened 87 hypermarkets since the start of 2014 and entered 30 more cities.
  • It now has hypermarkets in 32 of the 36 Russian cities with a population above 500,000.
  • Total capital investment by Lenta in the 3 year period 2014-16 is estimated to have exceed RUB 120 billion.

Supermarket openings to accelerate in 2017

In addition to hypermarkets, Lenta is also rapidly developing its supermarket format, it said.

“The first pilot supermarket store was opened in Moscow in 2013 – since then the company has opened 43 stores, including 33 stores since its IPO in 2014. Lenta expanded its supermarket business to St Petersburg in 2015 and will open its first supermarkets in Siberia within the next few months.”

Lenta said it plans to significantly accelerate its rate of supermarket openings in 2017.

Lenta has also invested in its distribution network, opening new distribution centres in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don and Tolyatti during the last three years. It said supply chain network now has the capacity to serve over 250 hypermarkets and 250 supermarkets, a strong foundation for future growth.

Huge potential for future growth in Russian retail market

Lenta CEO Jan Dunning said the Russian retail market presents the most efficient operators with huge potential for future growth as well as attractive returns.

In early 2017 Lenta will present a new long-term strategy, in which it will explain its plans to enable Lenta to achieve its full market potential, he said.

About Lenta

Lenta says its low price-low cost business model allowed it to increase its rate of investment in 2016 despite a challenging economic environment. It describes itself a s “a price-led, distinctive hypermarket group in Russia” which is “well-positioned to grow in Russia’s dynamic food retail market.”


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Carrefour now has 70 convenience stores in Brazil

Located in the upmarket district of Brooklin in Brazilian capital Sao Paulo, the new outlet is of the Carrefour Express format.

Carrefour opened its 70th convenience store in Brazil on December 29.

Located in the upmarket district of Brooklin in Brazilian capital Sao Paulo, the new outlet is of the Carrefour Express format.

The French multinational retailer said in a press release the opening reinforces its investment “in a sector that offers customers improved levels of flexibility and comfort in shopping, focusing on a daily range of fresh and ready-to-consume items.”

It said its Express brand is the group’s response to growing customer demand for smaller purchases at stores located in close proximity to home or the workplace.


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Dia now in Paraguay and 5 states in Brazil

Dia Brazil

The Dia group has opened its first stores under the Dia label in the state of Rio de Janeiro, bringing to five the number of Brazilian states it now operates in.

In a press release, the retailer said the initial outlets are in the city of Rio de Janeiro but it already has plans to open at least 32 establishments in the wider state – which has a population of more than 16 million – thanks to an agreement with a local partner.

Dia, which has its headquarters in Madrid, has been present in Brazil for over 15 years and has just passed the 1,000-store mark there.

Recently it also opened a new warehouse, in Mauá, in the state of São Paulo, for distribution to its network of stores, bringing its number of warehouses in Brazil to a total of six.

The five states Dia Brasil is now present in are São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Rio Grande do Sul and Rio de Janeiro.

Dia said it is the highest selling brand in Brazil, representing 35% of all sales in 2015, and the ClubDia loyalty card now has more than 3.8 million members, after just a year in operation.

Gross revenues for the label in Brazil reached €1.6 billion in 2015, with 11.6% growth in the local currency. In the last five years, Dia Brasil has logged 16% growth year-on-year in its store network, going from 480 in 2011 to more than 1,000 stores at present.

First Dia store in Paraguay

Dia also said that this week its first store in Paraguay also began operations as part of an agreement with a local partner, Distribuidora Gloria. It said stores operated under this partnership will carry the Dia label.



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Spar consolidates its presence in China

Spar is an international group of independently owned and operated retailers and wholesalers joined together under the Spar brand. It comprises more than 12,000 stores in 42 countries on four continents.

Global food retail chain Spar continues to expand in China, with two new 24-hour convenience stores opened recently in the central province of Henan.

Both stores were opened on the same day in Henan and are 210m2 and 110m2 in size respectively.

“Despite the compact selling area, the stores offer shoppers a good variety of products including fresh fruits and vegetables, a frozen food section, drinks and snacks, as well as non-food items,” Spar said in a media release.

Meanwhile, in the North China province of Shanxi, Spar said it has partnered with local farmers to source over 10,000 kg of vegetables, thus reinforcing its support for the local agricultural sector and the enhancement of rural communities.

“Without Spar Shanxi’s business, many of the farmers would not have access to the retail market. This partnership with Spar has helped the farmers sell their produce, providing them with much needed financial support,” Spar said.

“Spar Shanxi has reinforced its support for local farmers.”

The products are delivered directly to Spar stores in Shanxi province and promoted with strong instore advertising. Spar Shanxi has set quality standards for the produce to ensure that customers not only get the freshest vegetables but are also confident of the quality, it said.

Elsewhere in China, over 600 retailers and suppliers recently attended a key supplier meeting hosted by Spar Shandong. With the theme “Move Forward Together”, the event was designed to discuss opportunities and strategies for development in China’s ever-evolving marketplace, such as supply chain reform.

Spar Shandong’s key supplier meeting

Spar is an international group of independently owned and operated retailers and wholesalers joined together under the Spar brand. It comprises more than 12,000 stores in 42 countries on four continents.

Top photo: Daily fresh produce in one of Spar Henan’s new stores (source: Spar)

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Lidl to build 40 new stores in Spain

German supermarket giant Lidl says it is planning the construction of 40 new stores in Spain as part of a record investment of €350 million in the country this year, a third higher than that of 2015.

German supermarket giant Lidl says it is planning the construction of 40 new stores in Spain as part of a record investment of €350 million in the country this year, a third higher than that of 2015.

Lidl’s chief financial officer in Spain Ferran Figueras said the discount chain’s commitment to Spain is stronger than ever. “We are confident we still have much potential to keep growing and winning market share, which is why we will continue to open new stores in order to reach more and more Spanish households.”

Lidl will continue working to maintain its business strategy and keep offering Spanish consumers the cheapest prices without skimping on the quality of all its products, he said.

In a press release, Lidl said the construction of the new stores is aimed at increasing its presence in areas in which the company is not yet present and at modernising and expanding its store network.

New logistics platforms, more jobs

It also said that in order to address the significant increase in sales it has seen in recent years and ensure sustainable growth in the future, it is planning new logistics facilities.

This September will see the first phase of what will be Lidl’s tenth logistics platform in Spain – located in Alcala de Henares – come into operation.

Lidl said that in order to further increase its logistics infrastructure, it recently acquired a 122,000 m2 site in Cheste, in Valencia.

And in addition to more than 1,200 new jobs in 2015, Lidl said it plans to create a further 800 new jobs this year in order to consolidate its strategy of expansion and of “offering consumers products of the highest quality at the best price.”




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SPAR Portugal hits 100-store mark

Ten years after opening its first store, SPAR Portugal has reached the 100-store mark. To achieve this fantastic milestone, the business opened four stores in one day in April 2016.

Within a decade of opening its first store, SPAR Portugal has reached the 100-store milestone, helping the feat along by opened four stores in one day in April this year.

And Spar says it has ongoing plans for expansion in the country, with warehouse expansion currently in progress to support it.

In a press release, SPAR Portugal said its goal is to develop a network of SPAR supermarkets throughout Portugal’s mainland and islands.

“SPAR has been able to expand into new cities and regions over the past few years by working with independent retailers keen to partner with SPAR Portugal, thereby enabling them to offer a retail brand which their customers recognise. The majority of stores are located in the popular tourist destinations of Lisbon, the Algarve, Madeira and the Azores, with a presence also seen in key mainland markets.”

It also said a major development has been the investment in company owned stores. This  initiative started in 2014 and there are now 19 company owned stores operating in Portugal which “act as flagships for the SPAR Brand and for independent retailer recruitment and the trialling of new SPAR products.”

SPAR Portugal has acquired an additional 12 AliSuper stores, all located in the Algarve which are being converted to the SPAR Neighborhood format. “The stores in the Algarve will concentrate on the tourist market with strong ranges of imported and seasonal products. By expanding the number of company-owned SPAR Supermarkets, there is greatly increased brand visibility in this growing market,” SPAR said.

“Attention is also being given to developing new concepts such as Treehouse© Juice Bars, SPAR Cafés, and an extended Food-to-Go offer.”

Improving warehouse capabilities

To meet the requirements of the rapidly expanding business, SPAR Portugal now has a new 6,000m2 warehouse in Alverca Lisbon, “which resulted in an immediate improvement in operational processes and enabled continuous growth” and will help the business “continue to grow in store numbers and assortment.”

Future development plans include the installation of a centralised chilled operations system for the warehouse, as well as the establishment of a regional warehouse on the Azores, which is currently being planned with the SPAR International team, it said.

Source: SPAR International

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Waitrose plans to open 14 new branches in 2016

Waitrose expects to create 1,500 jobs in new branches and its e-commerce grocery depot in 2016.

Waitrose is to open 14 new shops across the UK from spring next year, including five new supermarkets and nine new little Waitrose convenience shops.

It will also create up to 200 roles in its e-commerce fulfilment centre in Coulsdon, South London, to service its expanding number of branches.

In a press release, the UK supermarket chain said the supermarkets already confirmed include High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire), Uttoxeter (Staffordshire) and Solihull (West Midlands), which will all open in spring, and Truro (Cornwall) and Worcester, which will open in summer.  

It will also add new little Waitrose shops in the South Bank Tower in central London and Leatherhead in Surrey during the summer and has plans for seven more convenience branches in new locations throughout next year.

Juice bars, areas for grazing and informal dining, wine bars and welcome desks are among the concepts Waitrose said it aims to introduce more of in the new stores, “to deliver the modern Waitrose shopping experience.”

It already has eight shops with a juice bar and five shops with a wine and beer bar and recently became the first national supermarket to install a counter for freshly made sushi in its shops with the launch of sushi counters in its Battersea Nine Elms and Bath branches (in partnership with Kelly Deli).

Waitrose director of development, Nigel Keen, said many of the new shops will “go beyond the traditional supermarket, delivering exciting modern shopping experiences, which tap into the growing demand for grazing and casual dining.”

“At a time when many retailers’ estates are contracting, we are delighted to be opening new shops around the country,” he said.

The new outlets will give Waitrose almost 200,000 sq ft more selling space.

Its 80,000 sq ft e-commerce grocery depot in Coulsdon opened in 2015 to allow the supermarket to build its online capacity. The multi million pound centre will eventually fulfill 20,000 orders a week or over 1 million orders a year for Waitrose customers living within the M25. It already employs almost 400 people and once fully operational expects to employ more than 700.

Waitrose currently has 346 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 62 convenience branches.

Its omnichannel business includes the online grocery service,, through which customers can choose to have their shopping delivered direct to their home or collect items from their local branch with a Click & Collect service.

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