SPAR opened its Eastern Cape distribution centre, or head office, in Port Elizabeth in 1992 and since then has become the biggest food retail business in the province.
Over the past two decades, the group has expanded its provincial footprint through the KWIKSPAR, SPAR, SUPERSPAR, SaveMor, TOPS at SPAR and Build it brands.
Today, more than 100 million customers pass through the doors of the nearly 250 member stores annually.
Unlike other retail groups, the SPAR brand operates on an independent retailer model as opposed to a chain store basis.
Entrepreneurship is one of SPAR’s core values and each owner is a member rather than a franchisee.
SPAR Eastern Cape employs over 500 staff members at its distribution centre, supplying and servicing the independently owned stores in the region.
The distribution centre assists SPAR retailers by negotiating better deals for them and their customers, facilitating marketing and promotions, and helping them align their stores with the world-class SPAR brand.
SPAR Eastern Cape also sponsors a number of signature events that give back to the community.