Spar passionate about local display

Spar has unveiled a new UK-wide brand positioning that is intended to celebrate the unique characteristics of Spar convenience stores.

The new brand positioning, called The Joy Of Living Locally, launches in Spar stores and across its digital communication channels this month.

Suzanne Dover, Spar UK brand and marketing director, said: “Since 2020, we have looked at our brand to understand what it really means to our customers. At the same time, we have been in the middle of a pandemic, where our stores have been valued for meeting the needs of consumers for local convenience, availability of products and friendly services, when it was needed most.

“A unique characteristic of Spar is that no two stores are the same, but all are supported by a core commonality – national Spar own label products, marketing, communications, promotions and store formats. This allows our independent retailers to build on a core framework and proposition. It ensures they can exercise their individual entrepreneurial skill and meet the needs of local shoppers in their stores.

“We saw that we needed to showcase what makes Spar unique and the meaning behind our strapline There for you and as a result The Joy Of Living Locally brand positioning was born.”

Spar is using three pillars to bring the positioning to life in-store:

  • Value on your doorstep;
  • Nurture our neighbourhoods;
  • Passionate about local.

Each pillar will have its own distinctive creative badge, which will also be incorporated into future store designs and across all marketing collateral. The pillars will communicate to shoppers how Spar adds value through promotional activity or everyday pricing, nurtures neighbourhoods by employing people from local communities, supports local causes and charities, celebrates neighbourliness, and showcases local food and producers through its passionate about local pillar. The pillars can work individually or can be brought together into a broader message.

A new bespoke typeface, representing the spirit of the brand positioning called the Spar scribble will be used in-store and on all communications, together with an expanded, distinctive and complementary colour palette to the existing Spar company colours of green, red and white.

All five Spar wholesalers are sharing the new positioning and creative expression with independent retailers and company-owned stores. Brand guidelines, a retailer video and toolkit have been produced to aid with execution.

Dover concluded: “We have taken ‘Joy Of Living Locally into research and consumers love the new positioning and creative expression, saying that it is modern, progressive and a significant step forward for Spar in the UK.

“Consumers have rapidly reassessed how they have used convenience stores over the past two years and they have told us that when we put the needs of the community at the heart of our offer, it is very motivating for them.”

The new look launches in Spar stores during January with the ‘value on our doorstep’ pillar.

Spar is working with advertising agency Genesis in Belfast on the new brand positioning.