Spar launches in Pakistan as part of global expansion plan

By Laura Mullan
Spar International has announced a new partnership with Burque Group, which will see the retailer open its first stores in Pakistan, starting in Karachi...

Spar International has announced a new partnership with Burque Group, which will see the retailer open its first stores in Pakistan, starting in Karachi.

The first store is a newly built 1,000 sq m supermarket in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi.

It will offer a bakery, butchery, full diary offering, fruit and vegetable section, Food-to-Go counter, full dry grocery offer as well as a pharmacy and health and beauty sections.

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The expansion will see Pakistan become a part of SPAR’s international network which now spans 46 countries across the globe.

Spar International’s partner, Burque Group, is one of Pakistan’s largest sales management and distribution companies of a diversified range of fast-moving consumer-good brands, and since 1974 has been a key distributor for major companies in the country.

Ali Sherazi, CEO of SPAR Pakistan said:“Both SPAR Pakistan and SPAR International believe that the launch of SPAR will be a watershed moment for food retailing in Pakistan.

"We have worked hard to ensure that we offer consumers the best that Pakistan has to offer in terms of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, meat and baked goods.”

Earlier this year, SPAR International reported global retail sales of €33.1 billion in 2016 across 12,500 stores in 44 countries.

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