Dutch retailer Spar looks to open 40 stores in Saudi Arabia

Spar entered the Saudi Arabian retail market in 2016 with a partnership with the family-owned conglomerate Al Sadhan Group. (Courtesy Spar International)
Updated 01 February 2018

Dutch retailer Spar looks to open 40 stores in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Amsterdam-based supermarket group Spar International is looking to open 40 stores in Saudi Arabia by 2020 after partnering with Saudi conglomerate the Al Sadhan Group to launch its first outlet last year.
Spar, which initially wanted to target the mid to premium segment of the Saudi retail market, recently launched three stores in Riyadh last year and has five more in the pipeline this year.
“With a growing young population, rising GDP and increased consumer purchasing power, the retail market in Saudi Arabia has been growing steadily,” Tobias Wasmuht, Spar International’s managing director, said in a statement.
Spar entered the Saudi Arabian retail market in 2016 with a partnership with the family-owned conglomerate Al Sadhan Group, and soft-launched its first branded store about a year earlier.
“The Spar brand products will be a key factor in our success, and we are getting great support from Spar International’s team to source items from Spar partners around the world. Also, this partnership is in-line with the Saudi Arabian vision 2030 and the support we have from the Saudi government for the development,”
Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al Sadhan, Chairman of Al Sadhan said, celebrating the brand’s official debut in Saudi Arabia.


Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Updated 19 January 2020

Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Atyaf Mall, in partnership with Majid Al-Futtaim’s Vox Cinemas, launched a cinema facility of 11 screens and 650-seating capacity. The eighth branch of Vox Cinemas in Saudi Arabia was inaugurated by Mohamed Al-Hashemi, country manager of Majid Al-Futtaim Ventures, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Rowaished, CEO of Hewar Al-Rabie Company. 

The new cinema facility features seven standard cinemas, two VIP provisions, and two kids’ movie houses. Apart from refreshment counter favorites like popcorn, snacks and beverages, Vox Cinemas in Atyaf Mall offers a Nutella Bar, and Kitchen 35, a bakeshop with artisan breads and pastries and fresh juices in one entertainment venue. 

Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, said: “We are proud to launch another entertainment venue for our dynamic customer base who considers Atyaf Mall as its home for lifestyle needs. We extend our biggest gratitude to our partners from Majid Al-Futtaim in making this project possible with innovative and customer-focused experiences and offerings on hand.”

Managed by LuLu Properties, the shopping mall and property development team of LuLu Group, Atyaf Mall houses conducive places for shopping, dining and leisure, along with a lineup of global brands, and a 220,000-square-foot LuLu hypermarket. From Matalan to H&M, Saco, and Red Tag, the fashion collection is expected to highlight the latest clothing lines and footwear pieces every season, alongside a food court and seven new restaurants that will soon showcase global flavors. 

“With these new concepts introduced in the mall, Atyaf Mall will continue to satisfy the evolving and adventurous lifestyle demands of the new age of Riyadh’s growing market,” Mohammed added.