Some in-store changes coming your way at SPAR, looking to freshen things up a bit and keep it exciting. First up: the replacement of deli counters and home meal replacements with the catch-all ‘Food Stall’ concept, described by Group Home Meal Replacement Manager Pianca Meintjies, thus: “The Food Stall at SPAR offers a unique experience at every store, but in essence, it’s a range of freshly prepared, tasty and convenient foods.” These will include local specialities and such staples as pies, chicken and pizza, with a view to going hard after the traditional takeaway business. Next: more environmentally friendly food packaging for the range. Finally, the accelerated rollout of its home delivery option, SPAR2U, which will cover both groceries and liquor. Member stores are apparently champing at the bit for this development, as other retailers ramp up their service. “Our online platform is receiving positive reviews and a large number of stores are preparing to launch online within their communities in the coming months,” says SPAR.
Comment: A bit of innovation, some sustainability, and a no-brainer, in that order. SPAR needs to step up its rollout of home delivery in a crowded market, trading on the local knowledge of its individual owners to differentiate the offering.