Spar’s managing director steps down

The exterior of a Drymen SPAR store with a row of tulip flowers in the foreground.

Spar UK’s managing director Louise Hoste has announced that she will be leaving the symbol group on 8th September 2023.

Hoste joined Spar UK in September 2019, and over the last four years has led the company through trials including the Covid-19 pandemic. A statement from Spar described her as “instrumental in the future planning of the business” as well as highlighting her work to launch Spar’s ‘Joy of Living Locally’ brand positioning.

Nick Bunker, the non-executive chair of Spar Food Distributors, said: “Louise has been a highly valued colleague to the Board of SPAR and to her senior management colleagues, and we thank her for the advice, support, and commitment to the Spar UK business over these last four years, during which time SPAR has continued to see growth and success. We wish Louise and her family all the very best for the future.

“A search for a new leader of Spar UK begins as we remain focused on delivering our long-term strategy, driving profitable growth for our independent retailers, national account customers and suppliers.”

Hoste added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spar UK and working with a great team in Harrow. It was an extraordinary experience navigating the business through one of the most challenging moments in convenience retail history. It has been a pleasure to work with SPAR independent retailers and seeing them embrace the new brand positioning. With the support of five great shareholder partners, Spar will continue to lead symbol group retailing well into the future. I am taking the opportunity now to pursue some new challenges.” 


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