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21 Aug 2014
I recently visited a brand new store that combines a SPAR convenience store, a burger bar and a restaurant. The store is eye-catching – both inside
8 Aug 2014
SPAR UK has announced it is launching its first major mobile marketing drive this week in a move to attract younger shoppers.
30 Jun 2014
The UK convenience market is set to be worth £49bn by 2019, according to the latest IGD Retail Analysis forecasts. This represents an increase of over
16 Jan 2014
Forecourt retailer Euro Garages has announced a deal to purchase 48 petrol sites from Esso.
23 Dec 2013
James Hall, the Spar distributor for the north of England, has filed financial accounts with Companies House for the year ended 24 March 2013, showing sales
29 Oct 2013
Our Shopper insight manager, Michael Freedman, looks at how the convenience store of the future could be very different and help shoppers fulfil more
8 Oct 2013
At this week's IGD Convention, chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch spoke of how  the industry can adapt to take trust to new levels.
19 Sep 2013
In such a flat economy, companies are forced to ‘jump start’ any momentum by themselves. At the IGD Convention 2013, we’ll be finding the pockets
8 Aug 2013
SPAR UK has announced it is to launch a major new TV and digital advertising campaign.
18 Jun 2013
The convenience channel is going from strength to strength. Our latest forecasts show that the channel will continue to outperform the wider UK grocery
16 May 2013
Over 300 delegates attended the Symbol Conference this year to hear briefings from Nisa, SPAR UK, Premier and Costcutter. We've summarised some of the key take
30 Apr 2013
SPAR UK has teamed up with Retail Marketing International (RMI) to launch the 'SPAR Media Centre' which is designed to offer a more effective way for
22 Apr 2013
SPAR has become the latest UK symbol group to step up its focus on the forecourt sector, with the launch of a fully branded site format,
28 Feb 2013
SPAR UK has introduced a variety of new 'exclusive' label wines to boost its private label presence in the category.
12 Feb 2013
SPAR has launched a £1 value campaign this month, forming part of a wider move to focus more heavily on its in-store events throughout the year.  
11 Feb 2013
Leading independent forecourt operator Euro Garages has announced a £50million deal to acquire 45 service stations from Esso.
22 Jan 2013
SPAR UK has introduced Amazon collection lockers in nine of its stores with further lockers planned for the future.
16 Jan 2013
Blakemore Trade Partners, the Blakemore division responsible for supporting independent SPAR stores across Wales, the midlands and the south-east, is the latest operation in the SPAR
26 Nov 2012
Midlands-based multi-platform wholesale and retail business AF Blakemore recorded sales in excess of £1bn for the first time in 2011/12.  In figures registered with Companies House
15 Nov 2012
Symbol group operators, such as Budgens and Costcutter, account for 40% of UK convenience store sales in 2012, according to the latest research published at IGD’s
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