SPAR takes two wins at 2019 Scottish Grocer Awards

April 16, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes

The SPAR UK Partner in Scotland, CJ Lang, won two awards at this year’s Scottish Grocer Awards, held in Glasgow in March, with nine other stores included in the short-list of nominations across a variety of categories.

SPAR Condorrat, Cumbernauld, won the Bakery Retailer of the Year accolade, while the Best New Store award went to SPAR Halbeth, Dunfermline.

The family-run independent Condorrat store was praised for being ‘as welcoming as stores come’, with care and attention given to customers, and excellent use made of limited space.  The store offers a comprehensive range of wrapped bread and sandwich alternatives, making excellent use of limited space, while effective use of point of sale keeps customers looking in the right direction.

Judges said the company-owned large supermarket SPAR Halbeath was ‘very well merchandised and makes great use of consumer research’ in developing its range and services, taking into account the diverse customer base including local residents, staff and students of a nearby college. They also praised its great merchandising, excellent equipment, and strongly performing Daily Deli section, which attracts much business with the shop’s longer opening hours.

Source: SPAR UK

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The United Kingdom (UK) became a member of SPAR in 1956 when a group of independent wholesalers obtained the SPAR licence from SPAR International. There are five regional partners with strategically placed Distribution Centres in each region. A Central Office located in London provides national Marketing and Buying services for the group and supports the development of the SPAR Brand in the UK.

SPAR has led the convenience market in the UK for many years but has faced increasing competition in recent times. Always innovative, SPAR Partners have continued to grow the brand. A combination of independently-owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores spanning forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres and local neighbourhoods can be found throughout the country.