Group Profile

SPAR is a warehousing and distribution business listed on the JSE in the Food and Drug Retailers sector. The group owns several country licences for the SPAR retail brand, which is used by a network of independent retailers who trade under our brand and are supplied on a voluntary basis through our distribution centres.

We are a member of SPAR International, which is present in 48 countries. It has over 242 distribution centres that serve approximately 13.5 million customers every day.

SPAR International granted the South African licence to SPAR in 1963. Today, we have similar SPAR operations in Ireland (including South West England) and Switzerland. We have an 80% share in the BWG Group (Ireland) and a 60% share in SPAR Holding AG (Switzerland). In 2016, we entered into a joint venture with Ceylon Biscuits Limited in Sri Lanka to establish SPAR SL. SPAR is a 50% shareholder in this joint venture company with one store in operation. We also acquired a 47.87% share in SPAR Zambia in 2016. The Zambian operation has eight corporate stores and is serviced by the North Rand distribution centre. In 2017 SPAR acquired pharmacy wholesaler, S Buys Group.

SPAR South Africa services independent retailers across eight formats in 10 countries from eight distribution centres every day.

We also own SPAR licences for Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Angola, which are serviced through the South African distribution centres.

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We have 2 236 stores in the following formats in South Africa:

Our Irish operations comprise one distribution centre in Ireland and two facilities in South West England, which serve 22 wholesale Value Centre Cash and Carry branches and 1 371 stores in the following formats:

SPAR Switzerland supplies goods to 326 company-owned and independent retailer stores in the following formats:

SOUTH AFRICA

We have 2 236 stores in the following formats in South Africa:

IRELAND

Our Irish operations comprise one distribution centre in Ireland and two facilities in South West England, which serve 22 wholesale Value Centre Cash and Carry branches and 1 371 stores in the following formats:

SWITZERLAND

SPAR Switzerland supplies goods to 326 company-owned and independent retailer stores in the following formats: