There are four different categories, and judging will take place across independent and company-owned SPAR stores all over Scotland.
These four categories are:
SPAR stores will be judged across multiple areas over three months this summer. Each category sponsor has agreed on the award criteria and will help decide the winning stores.
Colin McLean, CEO of SPAR Scotland, said: “We know we have some great stores and great retailers. We want to use our new awards programme to showcase what they do. This will be all about finding and crowning the best of the best in SPAR around Scotland.”
The award winners will be announced at SPAR Scotland’s tradeshow, which is heralded as being one of the biggest retail events to take place in Scotland this year.
These awards will cover excellence in store exterior and interior, product display, POS on display, cleanliness, staff/team engagement and interaction with our customers.
The Community Store of the Year category will specifically look at what a SPAR store and retailer has done within their local community to support local groups and charities, fundraising events, and how they work hand in hand with their community throughout the year.
Source: SPAR UK
The UK became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. As a result, there are now five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.
SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners continue to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.