First established in 1924 by Arthur Spinneys in the suburbs of Alexandria Egypt, Spinneys sold high quality fresh produce, grocery, and baked goods at a fair price and in a fresh and friendly shopping environment. By 1960, it had grown into a chain and succeeded in opening additional retail outlets in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan and supplying food for petrol exploration teams across the Gulf region.
Spinneys opened its doors in Lebanon’s old Beirut Souks in 1948, followed by additional stores in various parts of the country in the 1970s, but unfortunately the stores closed due to the civil war at that time. Thirty years later, Spinneys pioneered the concept of a hypermarket in Lebanon and re-opened its doors in 1998 through one big store and seven other standalone outlets, in addition to regional expansion in the Middle East.
Spinneys was ranked one of the world’s 50 best grocers by UK based retail magazine The Grocer in 2013.
Spinneys partnered with WWF and Emirates Nature in donating the revenue from the chargeable paper bags to the nature conservation, encouraging the consumers to say “NO” to plastic bags and opt for eco-friendlier choices. Spinneys also provide a range of reusable bags to consumers, but it’s not taking a step yet towards phasing out plastic from its stores.