When Ian McCabe carried out a major refurbishment four months ago, Spar was on hand to help
Store numbers: 2,600
Number of UK retail members: 1,020 independent retailers owning 2,600 stores
Membership costs: No joining fees. Membership is free for one year
On the back of six years of continual growth, Spar is continuing to thrive in a changing market under four fascias – Spar, Spar Express, Eurospar and Spar Market.
Every Spar retailer is assigned a business development manager to provide crucial support in store operations, store standards and compliance along with developing sales, margins and business management Retailers have access to a 1,000-strong own-label range in categories such as alcohol, grocery, fresh foods, frozen and confectionery.
The range is delivering £300m in sales.
More recently, Spar has developed its Daily Deli foodservice offering with more fresh food including butchery and deli counters.
The company’s Guild system influences the development and execution of the strategy for growth in line with retailers’ needs.
The system also gives retailers insight from competitors and on consumer trends, and explains how to implement them in store.
It’s this level of support that makes Spar so valuable to Cornwall retailer Ian McCabe.