SPAR Scotland welcomes latest additions to its transport fleet

September 15, 2021 IN THE CATEGORY: Supply Chain

SPAR Scotland has invested £1.6 million (€1.87 million) in a fleet of new vehicles. The first of 12 new trailers were recently delivered to their distribution centre in Dundee, with some deployed on the road from 1 September.

The new trailers, built in Scotland by Fraserburgh based Gray and Adams, incorporate the latest Thermo King A400 Advancer Refrigeration units. These units improve fuel efficiency by around 30% and significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

Later this year, the company will also take delivery of four new Scania rigid vehicles, incorporating Gray and Adams bodies and Thermo King refrigeration, and five new Scania Tractor Units. These will replace some of the older MAN vehicles on the fleet.

Delivering transport quality

Colin McLean, SPAR Scotland CEO, said: “We were very impressed with the build quality, fuel economy, and reliability of previous vehicles from Scania and Gray and Adams. This made it an easy decision to make this investment in our fleet.”

“It is of utmost importance to us that we continue to deliver quality products to our stores in a safe, efficient, and timely manner, in all weathers. This investment will support the growth of both our independent SPAR retailer business and our SPAR Scotland company-owned store estate.” 

The new vehicles will operate from Dundee and travel anywhere from Kirkwall in the north to Gretna in the south.

Source: SPAR UK

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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. 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 have continued 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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