Spar footprint set to grow

SPAR plans to open 35 new stores and renovate 180 existing stores this year. While more specific details of where the new stores would be located could not be obtained from the Spar Group yesterday, several Eastern Cape Spar stores have already benefited from renovations last year.

In addition, the Spar bouquet in Port Elizabeth was recently expanded with the opening of Stanford Square Superspar in Korsten, which employs 120 people.

The Spar Group’s Eastern Cape distribution centre serviced 228 stores in the last financial year, including 85 Tops at Spar stores, 43 Spar stores and 39 Superspar stores.

Spar chief executive Graham O’Connor said in the group’s latest annual report, released last week, that the upgrades at the 185 stores countrywide last year had had a positive effect on turnover growth.

– Cindy Preller

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