Spinneys supermarkets in Dubai and UAE
Spinneys (not Spinnys or Spinney's) is a well known chain of supermarkets in Dubai with stores also in Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and further afield. Spinneys usually have a good range of products, and is a popular place to shop, especially with Western expats, although it is regarded as more expensive than some of the other supermarket chains in Dubai such as Union Co-op, Choithrams (not Choitrams), Carrefour and Lulu's. Most Spinneys shops have pork sections for those who need a black pudding fix. Spinneys supremarkets have nothing to do with Caroll Spinney (the Big Bird muppet operator from Sesame Street).
- As of 23 Sep 2013, Spinneys Dubai LLC operate 48 Spinneys stores in the UAE (press release).
Spinneys store locations in the UAE and Middle East
Spinneys stores in Dubai
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Spinneys stores in Sharjah
|Area||Store Name||Location||Opening hours||Contact||Notes|
|Sharjah||Ghubaiba Spinneys||Al Ghubaiba Road, next to The Home Centre.||8:00am-12:00am||tel +971-6-5660844
|Opened 1997 (acquired store from First Choice)|
|Sharjah||Fine Fair||Fine Fair Commercial Complex, Quran Roundabout, Airport Road.||tel +971-6-5665055
|PO Box 24663, Sharjah, UAE|
|Sharjah||King Faisal Spinneys||King Faisal Road, opposite Nova Hotel||8:00am-12:00am||tel +971-6-5727011
|Sharjah||Sahara Centre Spinneys||Basement Level of the Sahara Center||Sat-Thu 8:30am-12am
|Open on Fri 8:30am-11:30am
|Sharjah||Taawun Mall Spinneys||Al Taawun shopping mall||8:00am-12:00am||tel +971-6-5776001||Closed Fri 1130-1300|
|Al Majaz 2||Spinneys Market|
Spinneys stores and alcohol shops in Abu Dhabi
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Spinneys shops in other emirates
|Area||Store Name||Location||Opening hours||Contact||Notes|
|Ajman||Dana Plaza, Rumaila||24 hrs||tel +971-6-7422008||Small shop, opened March 2007, location Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Street, Rumaylah/Rumailah|
|Al Ain Spinneys||Al Bateen SouqExtra||Opening date 29 April 2010|
|Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)||Spinneys||Al Hamra Mall||08:00am-11:00pm||tel +971-7-2434010||Opposite RAK Ceramics, open April 2008|
|Ras Al Khaimah||Warehousing or distribution facilities, and an office.|
Spinneys international stores listed by country
|Algeria||Expansion plans - July 2007 news|
|Egypt||Hypermarket, planned, location unknown|
|Egypt, 6th of October City||Cityscape Mall||Hypermarket, planned, open July 2010|
|Egypt, 6th of October City||Mall of Arabia||In Juhanya Square. Planned.|
|Egypt, Alexandria||First Spinneys store|
|Egypt, Greater Cairo||City Stars Mall, Omar Ibn Elkhatab St, Heliopolis||1000-0100 Su-We
|tel +202-2-4802547||Hypermarket, Fridays open 1300-0200 (winter) and 1400-0200 (summer)|
|India||Expansion plans - July 2007 news|
|Iraq||Expansion plans - July 2007 news|
|Jordan, Amman||Taj Mall||4500 sq m, opening date Dec 2011|
|Jordan, Amman||Shmeisani||Opening date 11 Nov 2012|
|Kazakhstan||Expansion plans - July 2007 news|
|Kuwait||Expansion plans - July 2007 news|
|Lebanon||Stores in Ashrafieh, Dbayeh (open 1998), Jnah, Saida, Tripoli, Tyr|
|Lebanon - Byblos||Opening date Sep 2012, area 3,000 sq m.|
|Lebanon - Choueifat||Spot C Mall||Open 2015||Area 7,300 sq meters, announced 25 Jul 2013.|
|Lebanon 2012||Expansion plans in 2012 include Jbeil (Jbail), 2nd store in Ashrafiyeh (Achrafieh) (03 Aug 2012 news)|
|Libya Hypermarket 1||Expansion plans Jul 2007 news. Update Jun 2010, opening date end 2011.|
|Libya Hypermarket 2||Jun 2010 news - open end 2012.|
|Pakistan||Expansion plans - July 2007 news|
|Qatar, Doha||The Mall, D Ring Rd, Najma Roundabout||1000-2200 Sa-Th
|1600 sq m, open 2009? H1 2010|
|Qatar, Doha||The Pearl||2 stores, open by mid-2011? Opening announced 12 Jan 2012|
|Qatar, Doha||Medina Centrale||4,000 sq m, open in 2012?|
|Qatar, Al Waab City||agreement signed February 2009?|
|Saudi Arabia||Expansion plans - July 2007 news|
|Syria Spnneys Market||Damascus||Qudsaya suburb||tel +963-11-3443773||Information not confirmed, open Aug 2012?|
|Syria||Expansion plans - July 2007 news|
- No stores in Fujairah, or Umm Al Quwain (as of June 2010). Ras Al Khaimah Spinneys opened in Al Hamra Mall in April 2008, Al Ain Spinneys opened in SouqExtra! Al Bateen in April 2010.
- *Planned Spinneys stores - Information from Spinneys Dubai CEO interview with Emirates Today published 14 September 2007. Appears to be some overlap with a few stores already opened eg Mirdiff Community Center, Emaar Residences, Ajman.
Spinneys expansion plans
- Spinneys opened a new store in Lebanon in October 2011 and plans to open 3 more in the country before the end of 2011. Further plans include another 3 stores in Qatar, 2 in Jordan, 3 in Egypt, and maybe another 4 in Lebanon (report wasn't clear) by 2013. Plans for new stores in Libya, Syria and Tunisia were delayed by political events in those countries during 2011 (Reuters report 31 October 2011).
- Spinneys plan to open 3 stores in the UAE and 2 stores in Oman during 2010, and possibly expand to Saudi Arabia (Maktoob report October 2009).
- Spinneys are planning to open up to 10 supermarkets in the SoukExtra chain of shopping centers according to a report in April 2009.
- 12 Nov 2013 (Bloomberg) - Majid Al Futtaim Holding (MAF) is planning to buy Spinneys Jordan but not Spinneys in any other countries. In May 2013, MAF was considering buying Abraaj Capital's stake in Spinneys outside the UAE.
- 11 Nov 2012 (press release) - opening of second branch of Spinneys in Amman announced, in Shmeisani. Location, opening hours, contact details not supplied.
- Opening of Spinneys Taj Mall announced 18 December 2011 (press release). Store area 4,500 sq m.
- First Spinneys supermarket in Jordan in the TAJ mall in the Abdoun district of Amman.
- Opening date originally planned for end 2010? Delayed until Q3 of 2011 (17 January 2011 press release).
- Area 5,000 sq meters (increased from 3,300 sq m in previous information).
- 25 Jul 2013 - new Spinneys store announced in Chouiefat in The Spot C shopping mall. Area 7,300 sq meters, opening date expected in 2015.
- 19 Sep 2012 - new Spinneys store opening in Byblos announced, area 3,000 square meters (press release).
- Spinneys started operating in Lebanon in 1948. Then stopped operations (when)? Then started again in 1998 with a branch opening in Dbayeh.
- Spinneys plans to open 6 stores in Qatar between 2011 and 2014. One agreement signed in February 2009 for an outlet in Al Waab City, (25 March 2011 news reports).
- Two stores to be opened at The Pearl-Qatar. A flagship supermarket at Porto Arabia (area 4,000 sq m, opening date mid-2011), and a second shop at Medina Centrale (area 500 sq m, opening date mid-2011) (25 March 2011 news reports).
- Nov 2007 - Souria Holdings and Spinneys signed an agreement to open several Spinneys supermarkets in Syria (press release January 2008).
- 06 May 2004 - Abraaj Capital reported Arif Naqvi, who has an 80 per cent stake in Spinneys parent Cupola, said: "We have an operating business in Lebanon, and the addition of Jordan and Syria will represent the next stage of spreading the brand into new territories."
Magrudy's bookshops in Spinneys supermarket centers
- Magrudy's manage/own managed/owned several book stores in Spinneys supermarket centers, including Dubai Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah Beach Road (Dubai), Khalidiya (Abu Dhabi), Meadows Town Centre (Dubai), Mercato Mall (Dubai), Trade Center Road (Dubai).
- Beginning March 2011, Jashanmal Bookstores will take over the Magrudy's bookstores in Spinneys outlets (The National 31 March 2011).
General information about Spinneys grocery shops and supermarkets
- Spinneys shops are usually open 0800 to 2200 (some stores 0700/0830/1000 to 2200/2300/2400/0100/0200 and even 24 hrs in Bur Dubai).
- Spinneys supermarket noticeboards are busy with for sale advertisements for cars, furniture and various other classified ads. A good place to go to sell your junk, or request/offer services like tutoring.
- There are at least 29 Spinneys stores in the UAE - 21 in Dubai, 5 in Sharjah, 2 in Abu Dhabi, 1 in Ajman (as of January 2008).
- Some Spinneys branches have recycling depots for newspapers, plastic bags, plastic bottles, aluminium cans.
- Like all supermarkets in the UAE, Spinneys don't sell alcohol in their stores but some Spinneys complexes in Dubai have an A&E or MMI bottle shop next door. Spinneys in Abu Dhabi operate separate liquor stores. The Spinneys alcohol shop in the Sharjah Booze Souk closed around 1996/1997 (along with the rest of the Sharjah Booze Souq).
- 'Living in the Gulf' is Spinneys' own weekly magazine. Contains a few coupons and recipies. About what you'd expect from a supermarket chain producing their own magazine.
- Spinneys Dubai LLC head office & postal address (except for Fine Fair in Sharjah): Spinneys Jebel Ali, PO Box 677, Dubai, UAE, tel +971-4-3555250, fax +971-4-3555269, email email@example.com.
Spinneys products and selection
- The stores are tidy, well organised, relatively spacious, have a large range of magazines and foreign newspapers. Spinneys have pork sections in most branches (except Deira and Sharjah).
- Good quality meat, vegetables. Excellent range of bread baked in the store.
- Delicatessen counter stocks a good range of stuffed olives and other culinary delights to cram into your visitors' gobs before dinner. The hommous (humous, homous, hummous) and the potato salad are outstanding, and there's a decent range of cheeses. The pork delicatessen has a good selection of pates and salamis, and their spicy Italian sausages are great for BBQs.
- Prepared meals look better than they taste - a home delivery from your nearest Chinese or Indian restaurant is a better idea.
- Mondays is Market Day at Spinneys meaning they have special promotions on a variety of products. Occasionally there are actually some good deals.
Spinneys ownership and history
- Spinneys was first founded in the Middle East in 1924 in Alexandria, Egypt by Arthur Rawdon Spinney. Spinneys was established in the UAE in 1942 in Al Nasr Square, Deira and was originally known as 'The Frozen Chicken' because it launched the first chiller van selling frozen chickens. In 1995 a major distribution center was opened in Al Quoz, Dubai.
Spinneys Dubai LLC and Spinneys Abu Dhabi LLC
- Spinneys Dubai LLC own and run the Dubai and Oman stores (called Al Fair). Spinneys Dubai is owned by Mr Ali Al Bawardi (Albawardi, Albawardy, Al Bawardy, Al Bwardi, Al Bwardy, Albwardy, Albwardi). He bought it from the original owners, the Cupola Group.
- Spinneys Abu Dhabi LLC own stores in Abu Dhabi. Spinneys Dubai manages them in conjunction with Abdulla Masood. CEO of Spinneys Dubai is Jannie C Holtzhausen.
- Spinneys Dubai is a separate organisation from Spinneys Group Limited, and Spinneys Dubai have the right to use the 'Spinneys' name only in the UAE.
- CEO of Spinneys Group is Michael Wright, since 2006. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Spinneys Holding Ltd, and before that held other positions in the Spinneys organisation since the late 1980s.
- Abraaj Capital is the managing shareholder in Spinneys Group Limited. A possible Initial Public Offering (IPO) was mentioned in July 2007 when Spinneys borrowed US$80 million (as part of a US$180m finance program) to fund its growth plans across the Middle East.
- Spinneys Group (or Spinneys Holding) own or operate stores in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Seychelles (Nov 2006, called SupaSave Discount Store).
- Spinneys Group expansion plans include new stores opening in Bahrain (Alosra supermarket?), Qatar, Pakistan, Jordan and negotiations to open more stores in other Middle Eastern, Asian & African locations including Algeria, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Syria (July 2007 news).
- Spinneys Group plan to open 2 hypermarkets in Libya, one at end 2011, and one at end 2012 (Arabian Business report 08 June 2010). Investment of $8m to $10m for each store.
- The same AB report also said The group has already announced plans to open four stores in Qatar and Jordan in 2010 and 2011, while in the same period it will add seven outlets to its existing eight in Lebanon and Egypt.
- Chief Development Officer - Alister Calder (appointed in 2008).
Last update Wednesday 25-Jun-2014
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Spinneys has a long, bewildering, confusing, and ever increasing selection of websites. These are the ones we can find and what they're for. Main one seems to be spinneys.com or spinneys-dubai.com.
- www.spinneys.ae - Spinneys Abu Dhabi LLC website, being refurbished (has been in that state for a year or more)
- www.spinneys.co.ae - same as spinneys.ae (Abu Dhabi)
- www.spinneys.com - Dubai Spinneys LLC website but with not much information - some job listings only? Domain name expired 09 July 2007, not renewed as of 21 July 2007.
- www.spinneys-abudhabi.com and www.spinneys-abudhabi.net
- www.spinneys-algeria.com - international website
- www.spinneys-bahrain.com - international website
- www.spinneys-dubai.com - information about Spinneys Dubai stores, changed from spinneys.com?
- www.spinneys-egypt.com - Spinneys Egypt website with information about the City Stars and Hurghada Spinneys stores
- www.spinneys-iran.com - an odd domain name given that Spinneys don't seem to have any stores in Iran. Same info as other Spinneys websites.
- www.spinneys-iraq.com - same as other international Spinneys websites
- www.spinneys-jordan.com - same as international website
- www.spinneys-kazakhstan.com - same as international website
- www.spinneys-lebanon.com - list of Lebanese Spinneys stores
- www.spinneys-libya.com - same as international website
- www.spinneys-qatar.com - same as Spinneys main website? With international store locations.
- www.spinneys-supermarkets.com - seems to be a copy of other Spinneys websites
- www.spinneys-syria.com - international website
- www.spinneysauh.com - Spinneys Abu Dhabi beer, wine, liquor stores and alcohol licence information website.
- www.spinneysdelivery.com - do your grocery shopping online and Spinneys will deliver it too you.