Supermarket giant Spar has announced plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Malta.
The retailer is set to open 23 stores around the island over the next seven years.
The company’s first Maltese supermarket opened on Tuesday in Marsaxlokk.
A second Spar store is set to launch at Tigne at the end of the month, operated by the Azzopardi Group.
Spar said plans are in place to open three more outlets before the end of 2018, with the aim of opening a total of 23 stores by 2025, including two hypermarkets, four supermarkets, and 17 neighbourhood stores.
Spar International managing director Tobias Wasmuht said: ‘I am delighted Spar is partnering with the Azzopardi Group in Malta.
‘In addition to having strong retail and distribution expertise and deep knowledge of the market, the Azzopardi Group also shares our values with a dedication to fresh produce, value and excellent customer service.’
Azzopardi Group managing director Joseph Azzopardi told 89.7 Bay: ‘We are proud and excited to be partnering with such a well-known and respected organisation as Spar International.
‘It’s global presence and high standards in retail best practice will complement the Azzopardi Group’s local expertise in the Maltese retail market.
‘Together we will offer customers high-quality produce and a superior retail experience, as well as job opportunities and growth of the local retail market.’
The Azzopardi Group was founded in 1980.
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