SPAR is set to welcome independent retailers from across the country to the most stable and successful symbol group in the UK, following its focus on recruiting new convenience stores and forecourts in recent months.
SPAR UK’s sales teams have bolstered their recruitment efforts over the past three months and, thanks to the group’s exceptional logistics and planning, are now sealing the deal by bringing a large number of retailers to SPAR.
Retailers can be expecting to hear from SPAR advising them on why they should make the move now and local incentives available to join. Sales teams are in talks with a large number of retailers and forecourt sites looking to move, and offering investment to help them come over to SPAR as soon as possible.
SPAR UK has seen another exceptionally strong financial performance this year, with record high retail sales growth of 6%, hugely outpacing the wider symbol group and convenience market.
This also marks the sixth consecutive year of growth for SPAR UK. Wholesale sales have risen by a record 6%, SPAR own label sales are up by 5% whilst store numbers are up 5%. SPAR continues to be the leading forecourt symbol partner in the UK operating in over 1,200 forecourts.
Ian Taylor, SPAR UK Retail Director, said: “We are really excited to welcome a new wave of convenience retailers to SPAR.
“Convenience retailing continues to be one of the most competitive markets to operate in, and it is testament to the hard work that after 60 years we are still the number one symbol group for independent retailers to work with.
“We have a lot to offer as we continue to provide the best service to all our independent retailers while at the same time enabling them to retain their independence,” said Taylor. “In joining SPAR, retailers have access to a phenomenal range of top-quality benefits and services, including co-investment, excellent availability, business advice and support-dedicated BDMs tasked to grow sales, margin and profit; individual store design, marketing investment, foodservice innovation and an enviable own label range.
“We have grown stronger and stronger as we have been committed to focusing and understanding the absolute needs of independent retailers who are determined to outperform the competition,” continued Taylor.
“We offer independent retailers a highly profitable business model which meets the needs of the changing customer, as well as offering independence and entrepreneurialism; and we encourage our retailers to build businesses that are hugely valued in the community.
“We are ready, right now, to move the convenience sector to the next level and bring independent retailers a bright and exciting future,” he said.