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    Spar Parkfoot introduces mobile EPOS


    Award-winning forecourt retailer David Charman has found a way to ease bottlenecks at the tills at during busy periods using mobile EPOS. As part of an extensive refit of his Spar Parkfoot Garage at West Malling, Kent, David had a traditional three-lane EPOS solution installed by CBE at the ...

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    Plain packaging vote sparks trade protests


    The Government has caused uproar among tobacco companies and trade associations with its confirmation that a vote on the introduction of standardised tobacco packaging will take place before Parliament breaks ahead of the General Election. Health Minister Jane Ellison announced during an evening adjournment debate on January 21 that ...

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    PRODUCT NEWS: Spar revamps snacking nuts range


    Spar Brand is revamping its snacking nuts range with two new launches and new packaging. The re-launched range now features £1 price-marked packs (PMPs) and updated Reference Intake (RI) information on the packaging to comply with Food Information Regulations. The range consists of seven lines, including two new ...

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    PRODUCT NEWS: Spar builds on Shop & Win


    Spar UK’s Shop Win mobile promotional campaign is coming back to stores in January, and Spar promises it will be bigger and better. Like the previous campaign in August, Shop Win will target younger audiences with a mobile marketing drive offering daily prizes supported by ...

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    PRODUCT NEWS: Spar launches £350,000 Xmas campaign in Northern Ireland


    Spar in Northern Ireland is investing £350,000 in its Christmas marketing campaign, which includes a newly created festive brand TV ad that goes live next week. The ‘There for Christmas’ ad airs for the first time during the screening of the Royal Variety Show on UTV from 9pm on ...

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    Sparkling sales


    AG Barr is adding a new variant to its KA range of Caribbean carbonates. Based on the sour cherry Caribbean fruit, the firm claims its new flavour is the UK’s first sparkling sour cherry drink. Adrian Troy, head of marketing for AG Barr, says the KA brand has now grown ...

  • Blakemore combines Greggs and Subway at new Spar forecourt

    Blakemore combines Greggs and Subway at new Spar forecourt


    Blakemore Retail has opened a new purpose-built petrol forecourt store in Louth, Lincolnshire. The store, situated on the Fairfield Industrial Estate, is the first of Blakemore Retail’s sites to combine a Spar convenience offer with both Greggs and Subway franchises. Blakemore Retail managing director Geoff Hallam said: “This ...

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    Man stabbed in Spar store on MRH site


    A man was seriously injured after being stabbed at a MRH-owned BP service station in Downfields, near Soham, Cambridgeshire. Police were called to the site in Fordham Road at around 2.20pm on September 5, after receiving reports that a man had been stabbed inside the forecourt’s Spar store. ...

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    HKS Retail opens its first Spar store


    HKS Retail, number nine in the Forecourt Trader Top 50 Indies, has embarked on a joint venture with Spar and Blakemore Trade Partners launching its first Spar forecourt store in Ibstock, Leicestershire. Standing at 1,000sq ft on a BP fuel site, the store has been completely refurbished and relaunched. ...

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    Blakemore conference focuses on Spar ’mission battle’


    Independent Spar retailers can thrive by focusing on their point of difference in the marketplace and the unique position that they are in to win the “mission battle”. That was the key message from this year’s Blakemore Trade Partners Spar Retail Show, entitled “Mission Possible”, on September 16th - ...

  • HKS opens first Spar store

    HKS opens first Spar store


    Top 50 Indie HKS Retail has embarked on a joint venture with SPAR and Blakemore Trade Partners, with the opening of its first Spar forecourt store. The 1,000 sq ft store, on the company’s BP-branded forecourt in Ashby Road, Ibstock, Leicestershire, has been completely refurbished and re-launched with a ...

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    Fuel thief spared jail


    A criminal who took almost £150-worth of fuel from a forecourt has avoided jail and instead been given a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement for the duration and has been ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work. According to the Cumberland News Star, ...

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    Spar launches mobile marketing drive


    Spar is launching its first major mobile marketing drive on 11 August. Working in conjunction with i-movo, the market leader in secure digital vouchers, the campaign is called Shop Win. It is the highest value mobile coupon giveaway that i-movo has organised with a convenience retailer. ...

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    Spar claims it is top UK symbol group on social media


    Spar claims its digital activity is leading the way in UK symbol groups, with its online domain attracting record visitors each month. Since Spar’s launch into social media in November, the number of the symbol group’s followers on Twitter have grown to more than 4,500 while Facebook fan counts ...

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    Spar adopts brighter energy-efficient lighting


    Two hundred and 50 Spar stores across the UK have now converted their old fluorescent lighting to Nualight’s Blaze LED solution. The conversions are the first phase of a roll-out across Spar in the UK by Cross Group (specialists in refrigeration, air conditioning and energy- efficient technologies) and Nualight (specialists ...

  • New Spar forecourt store celebrates opening with public launch

    New Spar forecourt store celebrates opening with public launch


    A new forecourt Spar store in Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, has celebrated its opening in style with a public launch event. The newly developed store, Spar Treforest, on the Esso-branded forecourt owned by MRH Retail, covers 1,000 sq ft and offers a new grocery and convenience range, including food to go ...

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    EQUIPMENT NEWS: Spar upgrades lighting


    Two hundred and fifty Spar stores across the UK have converted their old fluorescent lighting to Nualight’s Blaze LED solution. These 250 conversions are the first phase of a roll-out across Spar in the UK by Cross Group (specialists in refrigeration, air-conditioning and energy efficient technologies) and Nualight (specialists ...

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    SHOP PRODUCT NEWS: Spar targets 10% sales growth in own-label range


    Spar UK has unveiled huge ambitions for its own-label range, with plans to increase sales participation by 10%. As one of the four transformational strategies within the symbol group’s Growing Together strategy, Spar is making massive investments in own label, which it believes delivers a wealth of benefits to convenience ...

  • Maxol chief calls for greater transparency on fuel fraudsters

    Maxol chief calls for greater transparency on fuel fraudsters


    Maxol boss Brian Donaldson has called for greater transparency around the identity of filling stations in Northern Ireland caught selling illicit fuel and for firmer action to be taken against offenders. ”Maxol has always been committed to providing our customers with quality assured fuels and as such we are ...

  • Spar to push fuel offer with new campaign from May

    Spar to push fuel offer with new campaign from May


    Spar will kick off an ambitious new retailer recruitment campaign in May to support its goal of becoming the number one entirely branded petrol-filling station solution in the UK, both by site numbers and volume. The move follows a successful trial of the dual-branded format, announced last April, with ...