SPAR passionate about local

Spar has unveiled new UK-wide brand positioning focusing on local.

Titled ‘The Joy Of Living Locally’, the new brand positioning focus on three pillars: Value on your doorstep; Nurture our neighbourhoods and Passionate about Local.

It is hoped these pillars will motivate shoppers and “help them see how Spar is different to other convenience retail brands”.

Each pillar will have its own distinctive creative badge, which will also be incorporated into future store designs and across all marketing collateral. The pillars will communicate to shoppers how Spar adds value through promotional activity or everyday pricing, nurtures neighbourhoods by employing people from local communities, supports local causes and charities, celebrates neighbourliness, and showcases local food and producers through its passionate about local pillar.

SPAR nurture our neighbourhoods

A new bespoke typeface, representing the spirit of the brand positioning called the ‘Spar scribble’, will be used in-store and on all communications, together with an expanded, distinctive and complementary colour palette to the existing Spar company colours of green, red and white.

The new look launches in Spar stores during January with the ‘value on our doorstep’ pillar. The rebranding will be supported in-store and across all marketing collateral, including Spar digital communications. All five Spar wholesalers are sharing the new positioning and creative expression with independent retailers and company-owned stores.

Spar UK brand & marketing director Suzanne Dover said: “Since 2020, we have looked at our brand to understand what it really means to our customers. At the same time, we have been in the middle of a pandemic, where our stores have been valued for meeting the needs of consumers for local convenience, availability of products and friendly services, when it was needed most.

“Consumers have rapidly reassessed how they have used convenience stores over the past two years and they have told us that when we put the needs of the community at the heart of our offer, it is very motivating for them.”

“A unique characteristic of Spar is that no two stores are the same, but all are supported by a core commonality – national Spar own label products, marketing, communications, promotions and store formats. This allows our independent retailers to build on a core framework and proposition. It ensures they can exercise their individual entrepreneurial skill and meet the needs of local shoppers in their stores.”