Spar Austria is planning to open 50 forecourt stores in partnership with Shell Austria by 2013.
The move follows a trial of two Spar Express forecourt stores in Wattens (Tyrol) and Feldkirch (Vorarlberg) in summer 2011.
Spar Austria plans to open around 30 Express forecourt stores this year. The first store will open in Vienna, where Spar is looking to expand its market share.
The deal with Shell is Spar’s second in the forecourt arena.
Spar entered the forecourt sector in 2010 in co-operation with Doppler Mineralöle and already operates 30 forecourt stores in Austria.
Fritz Poppmeier, Spar Austria director of the management board, said: “In Shell we have found a second strong partner with which we are planning to open 50 Spar Express forecourt stores in high traffic locations in urban areas within the next two years.”