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SPAR logo.
SPAR logo.

SPAR is an international retail franchise comprising over 17,500 convenience stores in 34 operating regions. It was founded in the Netherlands in 1932, and operated on a principal similar to co-operative stores elsewhere - retailers would group together to get bulk discounts from suppliers/wholesalers. In 1953 an International SPAR office was opened in Amsterdam to control and further develop the organisation throughout Europe and other continents. Image File history File links Spar-logo. ... Image File history File links Spar-logo. ... Drawing of a self-service store. ... It has been suggested that Party store be merged into this article or section. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... A cooperative (also co-operative or co-op) comprises a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members, with no passive shareholders. ... Amsterdam Location Flag Country Netherlands Province North Holland Population 743,905 (1 April 2006) Demonym Amsterdammer Coordinates Website www. ...

Stores are more prevalent in Europe, but a few countries outside of Europe, such as South Africa, Botswana, Australia, Mauritius, Argentina, China and Japan also have SPAR stores. In Japan the store operates under the name HOT SPAR, although the store logo remains unchanged. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Spar has become known primarily as a convenience store format. European redirects here. ... A logotype (from the Greek λογότυπο), commonly known as a logo, is the graphic element, symbol, and icon of a trademark or brand, which is set in a special typeface or arranged in a particular way. ...

The name, which was originally DE SPAR, is an acronym of the initial letters of a Dutch phrase Door Eendrachtig Samenwerken Profiteren Allen Regelmatig, meaning "All will benefit from united co-operation". De spar in Dutch translates into English as fir tree, and hence a fir tree is the logo of SPAR. As the organisation expanded across Europe, the name was later abbreviated by dropping "DE", but the underlying meaning remains (In Italy, the name is still Despar. though in keeping with the international branding, the "SPAR" section of the logo is highlighted. and the larger stores are still called Eurospar and Interspar). Coincidentally, "spar" is also the imperative form of "to save money" in German, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Afrikaans. FIR may stand for: finite impulse response (a property of some digital filters) far infrared, i. ... In linguistics, many grammars have the concept of grammatical mood, which describes the relationship of a verb with reality and intent. ... Look up Wiktionary:Swadesh lists for Afrikaans and Dutch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

A store may be independently owned, a franchisee or a chain store depending on the model being applied in any given country. The owners of the parent company vary from country to country and may include the store owners themselves. The only common link between the stores in different countries is the branding - the name and the current logo, which was designed in 1968 and has remained unchanged ever since. There are a number of sub-brands under the Spar brand, with larger supermarkets being branded "Eurospar", smaller stores "Spar Express", and hypermarkets "Interspar". Not all of these brands or formats are used in every country however. Franchising (from the French for free[citation needed]) is a method of doing business wherein a franchisor licenses trademarks and tried and proven methods of doing business to a franchisee in exchange for a recurring payment, and usually a percentage piece of gross sales or gross profits as well as... Chain stores are a range of retail outlets which share a brand and central management, usually with standardised business methods and practices. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Exterior of typical European supermarket (a Tesco Extra) Exterior of typical North American supermarket (a Safeway) A typical supermarket in Hong Kong. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

The company has been major sponsors of the European Athletic Association and its events since 1996. The European Athletic Association is the European governing body for the sport of athletics. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...



  • "So near, so SPAR"
  • "Under the tree, at SPAR"
  • "Du kjenner oss" ("You know us"), Norwegian slogan

SPAR International Statistics 2005

Country Retail Sales
(Euro 000's)
Retail Store
Retail Sales
Average Store
Size (m²)
Austria 4.156.400 1.434 949.114 662
Germany 3.519.925 1.549 747.750 483
UK 3.393.612 2.707 368.351 136
Italy 3.304.738 1.801 684.202 380
South Africa 2.729.358 732 650.843 889
Norway 1.134.644 348 173.311 498
Japan 1.131.351 723 148.201 205
Spain 1.093.944 1.476 379.489 257
Ireland 1.092.000 428 109.201 255
Denmark 840.279 522 140.181 269
Finland 735.000 292 166.163 569
Hungary 797.519 168 201.801 1.201
France 657.125 788 195.935 249
Belgium 626.307 373 141.037 378
Greece 554.960 162 113.906 703
Slovenia 493.263 55 88.597 1.611
Netherlands 362.012 311 89.632 288
Czech Rep. 361.835 139 120.526 867
Switzerland 279.634 148 54.523 370
Russia 201.792 41 29.850 718
Sweden 130.353 32 25.250 789
Botswana 70.846 24 16.896 704
Namibia 61.286 23 18.806 818
Poland 52.671 47 12.016 256
Australia 34.119 40 15.685 392
Ukraine 30.045 12 10.520 877
Croatia 20.003 1 4.065 4.065
Zimbabwe 19.891 83 35.137 423
Mauritius 17.482 5 4.500 900
Zambia 8.597 2 4.500 2.25
China 7.155 3 17.000 5.667
India 2.069 1 251 251
Total 27.920.206 14.470 5.717.539 395

The Czech Republic (Czech: Česká republika) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. ...

External links

  • SPAR International
  • A public collection of SPAR photographs from around the globe


  • Yahoo! - SPAR Handels-Aktiengesellschaft Company Profile (2,500+1,175+200 stores)
  • Yahoo! - SPAR (UK) Limited Company Profile (2,600 stores)

  Results from FactBites:
Checkout 2006 (1996 words)
John Ruddytravelled to the new Eurospar store in Kildare town to talk to BWG managing director Conor Whelan and director of sales and retail advisory services Malachy Hanberry about the ever-expanding medium- size Spar format and the benefits it is expected to bring to retailers of all sizes in the Spar group.
Whelan added that the Eurospar format had been successful in other countries – there are now over 600 Eurospar stores worldwide, with 192 in Italy – and said that BWG was ‘in a position to learn from the experiences of the brand internationally and adopt the format for the Irish retail environment’.
Eurospar doesn’t do that.” As part of this effort to convince the Irish consumer that Eurospar does offer a competitive alternative to the Tescos and Dunnes of this world, BWG now advertises Eurospar in the Sunday newspapers, pitching it head to head with the multiples.
Valuation Tribunal - rates valuation appeals nationwide (2502 words)
He referred to his comparison No. 1, Eurospar, and drew the attention of the Tribunal to the fact that the parking there was neither exclusive to Eurospar nor configured as efficiently as the subject.
He also explained that the visibility of Eurospar was more restricted than the subject and the former had an interior with an unceiled exposed RSJ roof generally over the supermarket, excluding the check-out area, whereas the subject had a ceiling.
He also explained that Eurospar and Lidl had similar ground floor areas and that Tesco, his comparison No. 2, was located at a secondary location and was of a much lower building specification.
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