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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Premise no. 1: We’ve never quite wrapped our heads around SENS announcements, but we’re pretty sure you’re smarter than us, so here’s...    MORE

SENS 22/06/15

SPAR  Clever.ex

The sharp suited analysts over at snappily-named research business Intellidex, are liking SPAR’s chances post the acquisition of jolly Irish retail gr...    MORE

Tatler Reporter 26/06/15

SPAR  The Luck of the Irish

Verdantly-logo’d retailer SPAR has just had a tidy little half, and no mistake: revenue up a whacking 41% to 36.4billions of rand, with profit up 22%,...    MORE

Bloomberg 20/05/15, Business Day 21/05/15

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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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