Multinational food retail chain Spar has expanded its operations in Slovenia by opening a supermarket in the town of Ivančna Gorica.

The supermarket was opened on 25 November and is the retailer’s 110th store in the country.

The 1,700m² store was built in line with Spar’s latest store design guidelines.

The store offers an ‘extensive’ range of fresh fruit and vegetables, many of which are domestically sourced, as well as a bakery, delicatessen, butchery and fish market.

It also houses a Spar-to-go area, which serves prepared meals, sandwiches and salads prepared by Spar team members.

In keeping with the retailer’s sustainability efforts, the supermarket features an electric vehicle charging station, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and advanced heating and cooling systems.

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Spar Slovenia has also installed Tomra vending machines at the store to collect returnable packaging to promote a circular economy.

The retailer has invested €6.4m ($7.21m) in the store, which has generated 27 full-time jobs.

In addition, Spar has donated €3,000 ($3,381) to three local organisations, namely the Ivančna Gorica Voluntary Fire Brigade, the Ivančna Gorica City Library and the Šentvid pri Stični Children’s Treatment Centre.

Spar Slovenia financial director Miha Krasovec said: “Residents of Ivančna Gorica and surrounding areas now have access to a store that features modern shopping standards, and we are convinced that it will meet the needs of every single customer.

“The donation to three local organisations highlights how we strive to be an important partner in the communities we operate in.”

Spar stores across the north of England were recently affected by a cyberattack.

The attack impacted the IT systems of more than 300 Spar convenience stores, preventing them from processing card payments.

Most of the stores were forced to close temporarily, with those remaining open only accepting cash payments.