EuroSpar, which is marking 15 years in Northern Ireland this month, has seen rapid expansion in the last 12 months with the opening of nine new stores.
And the Mallusk-based Henderson Group, which owns the franchise for the community supermarket brand in Northern Ireland, has announced that another eight EuroSpar stores are planned to open before the end of 2016.
The first two EuroSpars opened here in Bangor and Warrenpoint in 2000 and since then the Henderson Group has expanded and adapted the brand.
Sales and marketing director at the Henderson Group, Paddy Doody, commented: “In its 15th year the EuroSpar brand has experienced significant growth. Shoppers throughout Northern Ireland are now more aware than ever of this convenient supermarket option and we are delighted to continue to open more stores throughout communities in Northern Ireland. In the past year we have opened nine stores, and a further two are on the horizon before the end of the year.
“EuroSpar is a unique hybrid between a convenience store and a supermarket which is situated right in the heart of the community. As shopper habits evolve and people look to shop little and often we believe EuroSpar is fully equipped to satisfy. It offers a wide range of fresh and local produce, in a convenient location and at value prices that rival many of the multiples.”
It is down to the brand meeting the needs of these new shopping trends that has created a demand for more of the supermarkets in local communities to open.
Six more company-owned store openings are planned for next year, when EuroSpar will surpass a landmark 50th store.