A major supermarket chain in the country, SPAR, has said it would soon launch a national expansion scheme that would provide job opportunities for hundreds of Nigerians.
Mr Rahul Mehndiratta, the Manger of SPAR Supermarket, Ceddi Plaza, disclosed this in an interview.
The manager, who was speaking at the reopening of the Central Area branch of the supermarket in Abuja (FCT), said that the vision of the SPAR was to expand in various cities in Nigeria.
He said that toward this end, the management of supermarket would place great emphasis on customer relations.
“SPAR is a brand and our vision is to present in more cities in Nigeria. We specialise in fresh produce and we want to provide that to each and every customer, that is part of our expansion plans.
“We are focusing on customer relations and we want to go to every customer and offer our services.’’
Commenting on why the supermarket was closed for such a long time, Mehndiratta said: “All the issues have been resolved.’’
DailyBells Nigeria gathers that FCT residents trooped into Spar Supermarket at Ceddi Plaza as it reopened after more than a year closure.
The supermarket was reopened to the public at 11:00 a.m. as many people were trooping in and out.
Some of the shoppers expressed their pleasure with the reopening of the supermarket.
Lara Ibrahim, who claimed to be a regular shopper at SPAR supermarket, said she that was happy it was reopening because she enjoyed shopping there.
“ I am happy they are reopening because I love shopping here. When they closed down I kept coming back to check but unfortunately they were closed for a long time.
“ Spar is a very good place to shop, it is very convenient and you can get some things very cheap here.’’
Another customer, Mr Deji Adewole, told NAN that he was happy at the reopening of the supermarket because he found shopping in SPAR a pleasant experience.
“ Being as bachelor, I prefer coming here to shop than going to the market, it is convenient, very orderly and I get things at a discounted price.’’
Mrs Aisha Shehu, another customer, said that she was happy the supermarket had reopened because of proximity to her home and the fact that she could always bring her children along.
“Before they closed I used to come and shop here with my children because the place is very close to my house and I get whatever I want here and my kids usually have space to run around.
“ When I heard they were reopening I was very happy.’’
Another regular shopper Miss Pamela Odey said: “ It is more convenient for me to shop here, I use my ATM card to pay for what I buy, which is safer than carrying cash.
“Also I really like to avoid the hustle and bustle of the markets were you have people shoving and pushing you and things are relatively cheaper here.’’
Mr Dalington Uzoigwe said that he was happy that the supermarket had reopened because he was sure of getting things cheaper and of good quality.
“The reason I come to SPAR is because I know I will get quality things here and their prices are very reasonable compared to some other places.’’
However, Miss Cynthia John, an NYSC member said it was her first time at the supermarket and she had come for the reopening because of the free gifts she heard would be distributed.
NAN reports that people who bought things worth N3, 000 and above were given a gift bag which contained items like cornflakes, cooking oil, biscuit and fruit drinks.
Free cans of Coca-cola and Pepsi were also given as well as cups of already made Milo beverage and cornflakes.
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