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SPAR Scotland
SPAR Scotland is the biggest independent and local grocery group in Scotland.  We are part of the largest independent grocery group in the UK and part of the largest grocery organisation in the world through its close links with SPAR International.

The family of SPAR internationally gives SPAR enormous strength in the market place with massive buying power, strength in numbers and an internationally respected brand.

History of SPAR
SPAR was founded in 1932, when Mr Adriaan van Well introduced the concept of voluntary trading to Holland.  This concept was based on a cooperative partnership between independent retailers and wholesalers who agreed to pool their strengths and work together to provide consumers with a competitive and relevant shopping offer.

The slogan of this partnership was D E S P A R - DESPAR.  
This translates as "By united cooperation all will profit" and sets out the ongoing philosophy of the organisation.  This slogan led to the fir tree as the symbol of SPAR as the dutch word for Fir Tree is de SPAR.

The formula proved to be so successful in the Netherlands that the concept and the name soon spread at first to the rest of Europe and then to Africa, Far East and South America.   Today SPAR has over 12,000 stores and is represented in 40 countries world wide across 4 continents, employing over 180,000 people with sales in excess of £31 billion.

SPAR UK
In September 1957 SPAR was launched in the UK.

Originally 70 retailers displayed an illuminated SPAR sign in their windows and were the first independent retailers to operate under a common sign instead of their own names, the first to pay into a national advertising scheme, to pledge loyalty to their wholesaler and the organisation and to work in cooperation to reduce costs and in turn reduce the cost to the consumer.

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PAR (UK) has become the UK’s leading convenience store group with a turnover in excess of £3 billion.  Today SPAR serves over 2,400 stores and employs over 50,000 people in the UK.

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