Graham O'Connor
(CEO of The SPAR Group Limited)

SPAR is an international retail group operating in 33 countries, across five continents, with approximately 12,000 stores internationally. While its South African formula has been tailored for local conditions, it closely follows the operating model of voluntary trading instituted by its parent company in the Netherlands in 1932.

SPAR South Africa was established in 1963 as part of WG Brown and its Head Office is in KwaZulu-Natal. In 1988 SPAR became a wholly-owned Tiger Brands subsidiary, but was unbundled and separately listed on the JSE in October 2004.

The Group operates as a wholesaler and distributor of goods and services to independently-owned SPAR retail grocery stores, Build it merchandise outlets, and TOPS at SPAR liquor stores. SPAR offers retailer members independence and flexibility and this characterises the SPAR voluntary trading model.

In other words, the main difference between the SPAR model and a franchise model is that the SPAR model is far less prescriptive. SPAR does not contract stores to purchase from the SPAR distribution centres (DCs) and thus retailers have a great degree of latitude to run their businesses as they see fit, as long as they do not bring the brand into disrepute... MORE

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SPAR stories in the

SPAR  On safari

The good folk at SPAR don’t mess around. It seems like only December 2013 (It was. Ed) that they announced they’d be heading north of the Cubango any ...    MORE

Retail Times 16/07/14

SPAR  How green was my trolley

Solid if unspectacular interims from SPAR for the six months to March, with turnover up 7.6% to R25.6billion and profit before tax increased by 8.6% t...    MORE

Business Week 21/05/14, IOL 21/05/14

SPAR  Or we could shove it under the mattress

In what you’d have to read as a canny vote of confidence, the Public Investments Corporation Limited (PIC) has upped its stake in SPAR to 20.086%. The...    MORE

Fin 24 27/01/14

SPAR  Green shoots (and scores)

While the bad news last week was the resignation of Wayne Hook as CEO, the good news for SPAR was as solid a set of results as you could hope for give...    MORE

IOL 14/11/13

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HEAD OFFICE
22 Chancery Lane
Pinetown
3610

PO Box 1589
Pinetown
3600

TEL 031 719 1900
FAX 031 719 1990

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www.spar.co.za


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