Spar Group (South Africa)

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Spar Group is a leading supermarket retailer in South Africa, and the second largest arm of the Netherlands-based Spar grocery cooperative by sales after Austria. In recent years it has expanded its operations to the Irish Republic, England and Switzerland. The local business was founded in 1962 from the merger of eight separate South African wholesalers. It was acquired in the 1980s by what is now packaged goods group Tiger Brands, before being spun off as a separate publicly owned business in 2004. The core group offers centralised wholesale, distribution and marketing services for almost 2,000 independently owned retailers in South Africa and neighbouring countries operating under the Spar, Tops and Build It banners. In 2014, the group acquired the main Spar licensee for 1,400 Spar and Londis supermarkets and convenience stores in Ireland and Southwest England; and then the licensee for Switzerland in 2016. Graham O'Connor is chief executive of Spar South AFrica, and became president of the main Spar International organisation in 2016. Revenues for the year to Sept 2015 were over ZAR 74bn ($6.2bn). Adbrands does not currently offer a business profile for this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.

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Who are the competitors of Spar? Key rivals are Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Woolworths as well as Walmart-controlled Massmart. See Retailing Sector for more

Capsule checked 22nd July 2016

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