SPAR Scotland store reopens with a fresh new look in Ayr

January 27, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Store openings

Set not far from the crossroads of Holmston Drive and Hillfoot Road, in Ayr, Scotland, SPAR Hillfoot Road celebrated its relaunch on 19 January following an extensive store refit. The SPAR Scotland company-owned store has received major investment to bring it in line with the company’s latest modern SPAR store models and their drive to be more energy efficient.

The store’s exterior now has a new bright SPAR fascia, plus updated window graphics and external signage. Internally there has been a complete refit with new flooring, new ceiling finish, new lighting, new shelving and a new counter installed.

Steve Irons, SPAR Scotland Company Owned Stores Operations Director, said: “Our ambition is to bring everything that our neighbours in our local community would expect to see in their local store. Focus has been given to ensuring that our offer of chilled products, fruit and vegetables have been improved, along with snacking and ambient ranges to meet all meal requirements.”

Major investment has been made to upgrade refrigerated equipment and space. The food-to-go area sees a major boost, both in self-serve options and for items served at the counter area. The beers, wines and spirits area has also been upgraded and now chilled beers and wines are available for customers. 

The store layout takes shopping missions into consideration and helps customers find complementary products located helpfully. 

Price information has been fully modernised with the installation of clearly visible electronic shelf edge labels along with large digital screens giving promotion and product information. The overall internal store look and product location guidance are rounded off with very visible, colourful and illuminated signage boards.

All lighting is to LED efficiency standards, and lighting in the storage areas operates with sensors.

This is the latest store in the SPAR Scotland portfolio to receive a major refit, following in the footsteps of SPAR company-owned stores in Balmacara, Gatehouse of Fleet, Spean Bridge and Crosshouse.

Source: SPAR Scotland

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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.


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