Vegalsa-Eroski and SOLTRA open the first inclusive supermarket

30 Apr. 2019 | Distribution

The establishment will be opened under the franchise regime through the Eroski City teaching next May in the town of Puente Villarente, León.

Vegalsa-Eroski and SOLTRA open the first inclusive supermarket

30 Apr. 2019 | Distribution

The establishment will be opened under the franchise regime through the Eroski City teaching next May in the town of Puente Villarente, León. With this initiative, the aim is to open up new opportunities for the employment inclusion of people with disabilities

The Galician food distribution company Vegalsa-Eroski and the special employment center SOLTRA work together to open the first supermarket in Castilla y León managed by people with disabilities. This project, which has been carried out from the social economy, will open its doors in Puente Villarente (León) next May.

The supermarket will be managed by a team of eight people with different capacities who are currently receiving specific training for the different positions (cashiers, replenishers, managers, etc.) in supermarkets Family the company has in León.

SOLTRA and Vegalsa-Eroski are working together to generate knowledge and adapt work processes, tasks and functions that requires the management of a supermarket to the diverse profiles and capacities of the people who will work in the Eroski City of Puente Villarente.


SOLTRA is a business group whose objective is to generate job opportunities for people with different skills. Currently, it has a staff of more than 400 people, of whom the 93 has some type of disability.

Since its founding in 2000, SOLTRA has continued to grow and currently offers different services: industrial assembly and logistics, laundry, cleaning, gardening and direct marketing.

In addition, it has the SOLTRA Foundation, an initiative that includes a residence (Residencia Doña Cinia) and an occupational center for people with health problems

With this new project that he undertakes together with the company Vegalsa-Eroski, SOLTRA seeks to take a new step towards the diversification of social employment.

Commercial Network

With this new opening, the commercial franchise network of Vegalsa-Eroski currently has 41 Eroski City establishments and 21 Aliprox establishments in Galicia, Asturias and Castilla y León. A network of franchises totaling 20,152 m2 of commercial area, represent a total of 39 SMEs and generate more than 600 indirect jobs. Only in the province of Pontevedra has 19 establishments (counting the Economato de Citroen), of which 15 are grouped under the eroski City teaching and 4 are Aliprox supermarkets.

Permanent advice, the best value for money, the best fresh products, the rigorous logistics processes of the platforms, are some of the attributes that ensure a service of excellence. “We want to be the reference franchise of the food distribution sector with the aim of becoming the preferred store to buy”, says the director ofExpansion & Frachises director, Pedro Suárez.

The Eroski City and Aliprox franchises are an opportunity for new entrepreneurs who want to make their way in the sector, as well as for those entrepreneurs who manage grocery stores and who have in our franchise model an opportunity to improve and modernize your business, having at all times with the support and advice of the Vegalsa-Eroski group. A model store of between 150 and 500 m2, located in urban or rural areas and oriented to a comfortable and fast daily purchase.

About Vegalsa-Eroski

Vegalsa-Eroski has in Galicia, Asturias and Castilla y León with 264 establishments between their own and franchisees under the brands Hypermercados and gas stations Eroski, Eroski/Center, Self-Service Family, Cash Record, Eroski/City and Aliprox. Its commercial structure in Galicia extends through the 4 Galician provinces and has a modern general merchandise platform, located in Sigéeiro, A Coruña, equipped with state-of-the-art logistics technologies, in addition to the platforms of a Coruña and redistribution centres in Vigo and Ourense. For its part, the division of Self-Service Cash Record of Vegalsa-Eroski has a commercial map composed of 19 centers distributed homogeneously between Galicia and Asturias, with easy and quick access in business areas with good communications.

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