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  Oh gosh, is that the time already?

The jolly green one has been running the TOPS at SPAR Wine Week for a decade already (Never! Ed.) and kicks off in Joburg in May before going on the r...    MORE

Tatler Reporter 14/04/15

SPAR  How green was my trading period

This SPAR numbers for you, then: group sales increased by 38.3% for the all-important 17-week trading period ended 24 January 2015 over the comparable...    MORE

Tatler Reporter 13/02/15

SPAR  Begorrah!

We’re not sure that anyone has said the word “Begorrah!” in Ireland in the last fifty years, or even before that come to think of it, but it seemed an...    MORE

The Independent 24/01/15

SPAR  Green grow the rushes, oh…

Last week we mentioned in passing that SPAR had big plans for the one five. These, to rehash, include 35 spanking new stores, and refurbs of 180 exist...    MORE

Business Day 05/01/15

Glenwood SUPERSPAR, KZN
Taxi City SPAR, KZN
Glenwood SUPERSPAR, KZN
Power SUPERSPAR, KZN
Power SUPERSPAR, KZN
Winklespruit SUPERSPAR, KZN
Power SUPERSPAR, KZN
Eastman's SUPERSPAR, KZN
Winklespruit SUPERSPAR, KZN
Pretoria SUPERSPAR, Gauteng
 

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Pinetown
3610

PO Box 1589
Pinetown
3600

TEL 031 719 1900
FAX 031 719 1990

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