Spar extends store coverage at RAF bases in new defence deal

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Spar ISS Pirbright

Spar ISS Pirbright

Spar is to supply 17 stores at 15 RAF bases across the UK in an expanded deal with ISS UK, one of the country’s largest commercial providers of facility services.

The deal includes plans to develop an airport terminal shop at Spar Brize Norton.

The deal, in conjunction with ISS’ defence division, is expected to create an estimated turnover of £10m per year.

ISS has been trading with five Capper stores for several years, taking the group’s new combined representation to 22 Spar sites.

According to Spar, all 17 stores will be refurbished and developed into the company’s ‘Stores of the Future’ design within the first year of the contract.

The sites will all be fitted with the latest Spar PoS systems and some stores will offer a combined convenience and seated food-to-go/coffee concept.

Richard Bennett, Spar retail director, said the expansion was excellent news for Spar’s business development.

“Our contract with ISS is allowing us to expand our portfolio of Spar stores across the country, in a move that will see two great brands work together to provide a convenience format to RAF sites across the UK.

“It also gives us a great opportunity to demonstrate Spar’s innovation in the convenience format,” he said.

Under the agreement Spar personnel will be seconded to ISS to oversee business development at each outlet.

“We are very much looking forward to working with the group and bringing all the benefits of the Spar brand to these sites,” said Bennett.

Simon Cox, managing director, ISS facility services, healthcare, education and defence, said Spar was the obvious choice for the sites, following a highly successful working relationship with five Capper stores.

“Our proposed new formats tie in really well with our ‘Convenience and Community’ theme, by both serving RAF personnel on base as well as serving their families and the general public off base,” said Cox.

“After winning the RAF Air Command contract officially in January, the expansion of our contract with Spar comes at the ideal time and paves the way ahead for a successful future,” he said.