Spar reports 8% surge in store numbers as new retailers join symbol group

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Spar UK reports it has seen fantastic growth in its store numbers this year, thanks to the symbol group’s clear strategy focusing on modern store formats, great Spar brand product success, an improved commercial package and a selling plan that delivers sales.

Between May and October 2015, Spar’s retailer recruitment numbers increased from 2,393 to 2,578 – an increase of 185 stores, or 8% in just six months.

This influx has been down to a number of factors, including existing Spar retail partners increasing their store portfolio as well as new retail partners joining Spar; national account store numbers growing and the addition of a large number of stores from Euro Garages.

Debbie Robinson, Spar UK managing director, said: “As the leading symbol group operator in the UK, store recruitment is at the heart of our national Growing Together strategy.

“We’ve had a successful year so far, with an expanding pipeline of retailers wanting to join.

“To create this success, we’ve worked tirelessly to develop innovative new store formats, an award-winning own label product range, a wider breadth of services than ever and it’s paid off,” she said.

Partnering with a brand like Spar means business owners have the opportunities to grow their businesses and do things they may never have been able to do before, said Robinson.

“Even though it’s a tough market, we have great ambitions for our retail partners, in growing areas like foodservice, fresh, local suppliers and franchise opportunities. The focus on our four pillars is working and we know we offer our award winning retailers stable long term partnerships,” she said.

“Our passion for convenience retailing is as strong as it first was 60 years ago, and as we move into the New Year, we have another exciting and innovative 12 months ahead of us.

“We are looking forward to sharing exciting new developments with our retail network in 2016,” she concluded.