SPAR UK celebrates award success

November 30, 2023 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes

  • CJ Lang, Symbol Group of the Year - Scottish Local Retailer Awards

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  • SPAR Scourie, Best New Store of the Year - Scottish Grocer Awards

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  • Community Store of the Year, Creightons EUROSPAR Finaghy - Neighbourhood Retailer Awards

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  • SPAR Linford, Impulse Retaler of the Year - Asian Trader Awards.

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SPAR celebrated success across the UK with winners at the Scottish Grocer Awards, Scottish Local Retailer Awards, the Neighbourhood Retailer Awards, and the 2023 Asian Trader Awards.

Scottish Grocer Awards

A number of SPAR stores and colleagues were rewarded for their hard work at the Scottish Grocer Awards in Glasgow.

SPAR Scourie won the Best New Store of the Year award. Based in the coastal village of Lairg, the store provides something unique to everyone who lives locally or passes by.

SPAR Renfrew came away with the Licensed Retailer of the Year prize. Retailer Saleem Sadiq and his team bring a new level of convenience to customers through digital screens, electronic shelf edge labels, seasonal promotions, and utilising data to bring the right products to the store.

SPAR Crosshouse in Kilmarnock won the Bread & Bakery Retailer of the Year award. The store has a well stocked assortment with an outstanding range of local and national bread & baked goods to cater for all customer needs, from the traditional Scottish morning rolls through to gluten-free and long-life options. Media screens, eye-catching POS and offers also serve to enhance the customer experience.

Scottish Local Retailer Awards

Five SPAR stores, alongside the Scottish wholesaler CJ Lang, were crowned winners at the 2023 Scottish Local Retailer Awards. The event saw Scotland’s local retailing community gather to honour some of the best retailers, stores and initiatives. SPAR St. George’s Cross, SPAR Crosshouse, and David Sands Group of three stores, all took home awards across different categories. In the symbol group awards, it was a clean sweep for CJ Lang, with SPAR Scotland winning both the Community Initiative of the Year award and the prestigious Symbol Group of the Year category.

The Neighbourhood Retailer Awards

In Northern Ireland, the Neighbourhood Retailer Awards is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the retail industry. SPAR brought home an impressive six awards on the night. Creightons EUROSPAR Finaghy took home the Community Store of the Year. EUROSPAR Cullybackey won the Neighbourhood Store of the Year (category 3) award.

Meanwhile, EUROSPAR Ladas Drive won the award for Forecourt of the Year (category 1), with McCullagh’s SPAR Classic Service Station winning Forecourt of the Year in category 2. Hamilton’s SPAR Castlederg was awarded with the Fresh Food Store of the Year award, and Lynch’s EUROSPAR Greysteel took home the Newcomer of the Year prize.

2023 Asian Trader Awards

At the 2023 Asian Trader Awards, SPAR Linford Retailer Sheetal Sisodiya won the Impulse Retailer of the Year award. Sheetal has developed a highly impressive store just three years into operating the SPAR store, including innovative displays leading to seasonal events, as well as popular offers with customers.

Source: SPAR UK

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The United Kingdom became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. There are five regional organisations in the UK, continually building the brand’s presence. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group. SPAR UK comprises independently owned, licensed, retailers and company-owned stores.

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