SPAR South Africa has prioritised the safety of its people and the security of its assets to minimise the loss of infrastructure essential to supporting its independent retailers within the region.
Stores in the affected areas are opening when safe to do so. As of today, SPAR trucks have been dispatched for the first time this week under security escorts. SPAR plans to make deliveries over the next two days into all KZN stores that are able to open for business. This is expected to bring much needed relief to the communities we serve.
Commenting on the situation, SPAR Group Ltd CEO, Brett Botten said:
“This is a sad time for our country. The lives of so many people have been severely impacted. We are engaging with various stakeholders to help manage this crisis and we are doing everything we can to alleviate the growing concerns around food shortages. We will support our retailers in rebuilding the businesses they have lost and also, the communities they serve. We are working closely with our suppliers and are focused on getting stock to shelves. We are also making contingency plans in the areas most impacted. We thank the SPAR retailers and customers for their understanding, co-operation and patience during this stressful time for all concerned”.
Hear SPAR Group Ltd CEO Brett Botten speaking out today
Source: SPAR South Africa
SPAR South Africa was established in 1963 and operates four retail formats: SPAR, SPAR Express (operated in conjunction with Shell as a petrol forecourt store), KWIKSPAR (which focuses on convenience in city centres and high footfall locations) and SUPERSPAR (similar to EUROSPAR in offer).
South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to join the SPAR organisation. The SPAR Group Ltd South Africa grants sub-licences to independent retailers to operate stores under one of the four formats. Almost all the current store portfolio is independently owned.