[wcsa – Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Milestones during 91 years development of SPAR, Dutch multinational retailer (1932)


(wcsa.world) SPAR is one of the largest retailers in the world.


SPAR, originally DESPAR, is a Dutch multinational that provides branding, supplies, and support services for independently owned and operated food retail stores. Its headquarters are located in Amsterdam. The company operates a partnership program and has a presence in most European countries, as well as many others throughout Asia, Africa, and Oceania.


In most, but not all countries, SPAR operates shops of different types and sub-brands: SPAR Express, SPAR Neighbourhood, EuroSPAR, and InterSPAR. As of 2021, SPAR consists of 13,623 stores in 48 countries.


(Wowtimes) SPAR’s history and achievements

  • 1930: First SPAR store opened in the Netherlands
  • In the late 1940s: The decision was made to abbreviate DE SPAR to SPAR
  • 1947: SPAR was established in Belgium, marking the start of the internationalization of the brand
  • 1953: SPAR International was established in Amsterdam to support and develop the SPAR concept internationally
  • 1963: SPAR South Africa was established by a group of eight wholesalers to service 500 small retailers
  • 1968: The first EUROSPAR was opened and a year later the SPAR Hypermarket formula, INTERSPAR, was launched.
  • 1984: SPAR moved into Scandinavia with the launch of the brand in Norway
  • 1994: SPAR began trading in Australia and has a history of changes in ownership due to structural changes in the retailing and wholesaling sectors.
  • Since 2000: SPAR has entered three key developing countries, recognized as economic powerhouses: Russia, China, and India.



  • 2004: The SPAR Group Ltd listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and to this day remains the only listed SPAR entity globally
  • 2011: Pharmacy at SPAR and SPAR Express (petro-convenience) brands launched in South Africa
  • 2017: SPAR brand launched in Sri Lanka through a joint venture between The SPAR Group Ltd and Ceylon Biscuits Limited, a Sri Lankan food manufacturing conglomerate
  • 2020: there were more than 13,500 SPAR stores in 48 countries.
  • 2022: Israeli supermarket chain Shufersal announced plans to open SPAR stores in Israel; with 10 stores to be opened in the first three years of operation.


Brian (collect) - (World Creativity Science Academy)