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

SPAR stories in the

SPAR  Stop the presses!

Our friends over at SPAR have sent the newsroom into a tailspin, with grizzled old reporters chainsmoking at their typewriters and harried interns wee...    MORE

Tatler Reporter 30/05/18

SPAR  And while we’re at it, a hearty Na zdrowie!

Czesc, przyjaciel, and a jolly dzien dobry to you and yours! That’s right, as you’ve guessed by now, SPAR South Africa is embarking on one of its fore...    MORE

Business Times 20/05/18

SPAR  eWow

Good news for those perspicacious enough to bank with FNB, as we ourselves have been doing these two decades and more. That erstwhile institution, you...    MORE

Business Tech 29/03/18

SPAR  Green shoots

A heck of a trading update from SPAR this week – sales up everywhere across the group for the 17 weeks to end January, with only Switzerland recording...    MORE

IOL 09/02/18

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