A total of 60 stores will be converted to Spar's new 'stores of the future' format in the next 12 months, the group says.

Independent Spar retailers can enquire about converting to the format, which focuses on shopping missions rather than categories and aims to navigate shoppers around the store. It also puts increased emphasis on fresh products.]

The latest to convert, Capper & Co's Spar Rhiwbina in Cardiff, follows in the footsteps of the Henderson-owned Spar Loughview in Northern Ireland, which opened at the end of November 2007.

The Rhiwbina store, which re-opened on March 19, has added more than 600 SKUs, including Tim Horton's coffee and doughnuts, and allocated 25% more space to fresh food and increased the focus on local products.

Five further stores are currently in the pipeline for conversion. The next two are likely to be in Broomhill in Glasgow and Sleaford in Lincolnshire this summer. The location of the remaining three stores has not been released but Spar has confirmed they will be an urban store, a EuroSpar and a neighbourhood format store.
Spar store development controller John Murray said: "We are hopeful that there will be 60 stores converted to this standard over the next 12 months."