Spar's international format for larger stores, Eurospar, has been introduced to Wales and the South West of England.

Conrad Davies, whose family own two stores in Pwhelli, North Wales, has doubled his estate with new stores in Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolgellau, the first in Wales to operate under the Eurospar fascia and the first in the UK to be independently owned. Both are over 5,000sq ft and have a stong emphasis on fresh and local produce.

South West Spar wholesaler Appleby Westward has created a company-owned stores division in order to convert three former Somerfield outlets to the brand.

The stores in Keynsham, Liskeard and Minehead were bought from the Co-operative Group for an undisclosed sum.

The larger Eurospar format is the most common Spar store concept in Europe, but is relatively new to the UK. The Henderson Group in Northern Ireland operates 18 such stores, and wholesaler AF Blakemore recently opened two company-owned Eurospar stores in Sheffield and Nottingham.