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SPAR expands Middle East footprint with first stores in Oman

RBR Staff Writer Published 18 February 2015

SPAR International has stepped up efforts to expand its Middle East footprint by teaming up with Oman-based business conglomerate Khimji Ramdas to open its first stores in the country’s capital city Muscat.

These two new stores - a 700m2 SPAR supermarket as well as a 250m2 SPAR Express store - in Oman are the first of nine stores opening across the Sultanate by the end of 2016. Both incorporate SPAR's multi-format offering.

Speaking about the expansion, SPAR International Business Development director David Moore said: "Our continued partnership with the Khimji Ramdas Group in Oman is consistent with SPAR International's strategic focus on partnering with leading local and regional chains in growth markets in the Middle East.

"The Khimji Ramdas Group has a proven record of success and a strong entrepreneurial culture. We look forward to working in close partnership with the company to accelerate the growth of their food retail business through our unique multi-format strategy and our ongoing focus on freshness, choice, value and service."

SPAR Middle East chairman and Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS) CEO Ibrahim Al Bahar said "The Omani store openings mark another significant milestone in the development of the SPAR brand in the Middle East.

"The unique partnership approach combining local and international knowledge, expertise and experience has resulted in SPAR creating a strong foothold in the food retail market in a short space of time with customers reacting extremely positively to the brand and retail offering."

SPAR International operates over 12,000 stores worldwide, while Khimji Ramdas Group's retail portfolio includes 60 supermarkets ranging from 300m2 to 3,000m2.

SPAR International has a co-operative venture with the ADCOOPS in the Middle East.

Image: SPAR's first stores in Oman. Photo courtsey of SPAR.