Founded in Holland in 1932 by Mr Adriaan van Well, SPAR is now the world’s largest international food retail chain, with 13,600 stores in 33 countries. We are also the UK’s leading convenience store group, with a turnover in excess of £2.7billion.
A global brand with a local touch
SPAR was set up in the UK in 1957 with five founding wholesale members. The business is now made up of six wholesale members servicing more than 2,600 stores. We also employ over 50,000 people in the UK.
SPAR is a ‘symbol’ group, which means individual SPAR members retain their independence but enjoy the advantages of belonging to a global brand. SPAR members reap the benefits of being part of a large international organisation with collective buying and marketing power, a strong corporate image and impressive back-up resources.