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The SPAR brand was founded in the Netherlands in 1932 by the Dutch wholesaler, Adriaan van Well and 16 independent retailers. It was established as a voluntary chain of grocers under the name DESPAR - an acronym of a slogan created by van Well to describe the organisation: Door Eendrachtig Samenwerken Profiteren Allen Regelmatig, which translates in English to All benefit from joint co-operation. By the end of the 1950s, SPAR was the largest food organisation in the Netherlands.

Today, SPAR Netherlands is a private company, owned by Sligro (45%), Sperwer (45%) and the SPAR independent retailers (10%). The head office and Distribution Centre are located in Waalwijk, from where support is provided for the more than 350 stores currently in operation.


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Key figures 2019

Retail Sales (euro 000's)
Retail Store Numbers
Retail Sales Area (m2)
Average Store Size (m2)
Year joined SPAR

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