One Croatian food outlet stands out above the rest, and deservedly so.
As Sergej Novosel Vuckovic/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 28th of August, 2018, Zagreb’s very own Žabac food outlet has been recognised and awarded second place for its concept in the Grocery category by the highly respected British company Euromonitor International.
”I didn’t even know we’d run [entered] until we were told that we’d got an award. We won second place, just behind China’s Alibaba. Then you can think about what sort of company we’re in!” Mario Zamboki said in conversation with Poslovni Dnevnik, who, along with his wife Maja, is the co-owner of the Zagreb-based Žabac shop.
The global Euromonitor International research company based in London has ranked this Croatian retail concept second best in the Grocery category. Zagreb’s Žabac experienced remarkable and truly well-deserved success and meaningful recognition in fierce competition from as many as eighty other countries.
Mario Žamboki offers products reduced by as much as 50 to 90 percent, making them much more attractive to potential buyets. This particular concept is the first outlet in the world of its kind operating in the manner in which it does, according to Mario, the founder himself.
“Before, I used to run shops and suppliers used to offer me goods to then go on and sell at lower prices. I went on doing that thinking I’ll be able give buyers something more affordable, everyone would want to get stuff cheaper, and then it clicked,” Mario told Poslovni Dnevnik in reference to the very early beginnings of the outlet, the proverbial wheels of which initially began turning two years ago now.
Today, there are two Žabac’s located in Zagreb, one smaller one in the very heart of the city, at the beginning of the highly photographed Tkalčićeva street, the other, covering a much larger 300 square metres, can be found along the edge of Trešnjevački trg (square).
“We’re opening a third shop in the Importanne Center on November the 1st, and we’re going to employ eight more people, we now have seventeen employees. We’re planning to expand, first in Novi Zagreb, where we want a megaoutlet of 500-600 square metres, then here in the country and then outside of Croatia,” Žabac’s proud owner claims.
Žabac is doing well, the revenue is stable, the company is making a profit, and employee salaries range from 4,000 to 7,000 kuna per month.