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  Super Troopers

As followers of social media may be aware, when the Bela-Bela SUPERSPAR in Warmbaths burned down in September, the owner decided to keep the 150 staff...    MORE

Tatler Reporter 10/12/17

SPAR  Hit send

In the heady days of 2010 when the nation was abuzz with World Cup fever, we reported how SPAR had launched its money transfer service, joining the li...    MORE

Tatler Reporter 20/11/17

SPAR  Mysterious Ways

When SPAR bought a 60% slice of SPAR Switzerland last year, it created a bank account in the Isle of Man to hold the stake. “It’s about the currency r...    MORE

Financial Mail 09/11/17

SPAR  Ripples believe it or not!

So, those SPAR results then, summarised and in a much more easily digestible format than that brief we received earlier. “Modest” in their words, with...    MORE

Ti Analyst 15/11/17

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