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A redevelopment scheme at a Dorset SPAR store has expanded selling space by one third to enhance the convenience offer for customers.

 

Olly Andrews, who runs Maiden Newton Service Station in partnership with his mother Melody, undertook the development as part of an overall improvement programme including the Texaco fuel station and workshops.

 

In a co-investment project with Appleby Westward, the SPAR store has been increased to nearly 1,200 sq. ft. to develop space for chilled produce, beers wines and spirits and frozen food.

 

Olly became involved in the business 18 months ago when his father Mike died, having previously been involved in business management in electronics. His parents had run the service station for 40 years, and the shop had been with SPAR for the last ten.

 

"We regard our SPAR business as a convenience store with a forecourt, rather than a forecourt store," said Olly. "Our customer base is very much local people from the village and nearby who use us for convenience shopping, and so we decided to expand the store to meet their needs even better."

 

Chilled space has been increased from three to four bays, the beers, wines and spirits section from two to three bays, and frozen food from a single chest freezer to a 2 x 2 door upright, providing better display and availability.

 

Sales in January were up on the previous January by £6,000, and up on December 2012. "Each section that we expanded has shown an increase in sales," said Olly. "We are very happy with the overall refit and delighted with the results – it has completely opened up the store to display the whole range and gives a warm and friendly feel to our customers."

 

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Sattari Family 'Celebrate The Summer' With A New iPad2

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Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris distribution - A Portsmouth SPAR store has won prizes in separate promotions run by two major consumer brands.

 

The store, in Queen Street, which is owned and run by the Sattari family, won the award for best display in a ‘Celebrate The Summer’ promotion run by Carlsberg.

 

Reece Sattari, who runs the 2,500 sq. ft. neighbourhood value store, is pictured here receiving an iPad2 from Sean Keenan (right) and Darren Harper, both from Carlsberg.

 

Reece also collected £50 worth of Love2shop vouchers from Wall’s after taking part in a retailer incentive scheme run by the ice cream manufacturers.

 

The store won the vouchers after being one of the first SPAR retailers to send in photographs of the maxivision freezer unit featuring new themed point of sale displays.

 

Queen Street is one of five SPAR stores run by the Sattari family in Portsmouth, Emsworth and Southsea.

 

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Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Distribution Opens a SPAR Store with a Difference in Devonport

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A long-established Plymouth pasty company has joined forces with leading convenience store group SPAR to create a new retail shop – and created seven new local jobs in the process.

 

Devonport-based Ron Dewdney Ltd. has been making handmade pasties for over 60 years and has teamed up with Appleby Westward ( http://www.swspar.com/ ), SPAR’s regional distribution company for the south west to build the new store.

 

The store, in Park Avenue, Devonport opened on Friday 5th October representing the first joint venture initiative of its kind for the local pasty manufacturer.

 

Director Katrina Hanmer said: “We wanted to open another retail outlet near our existing retail shop in Devonport and at the same time link up with an established convenience retailer.

 

“SPAR is a brand with such a strong reputation, not just in this area but throughout the country as well as internationally, and we could not have found better partners for this venture.”

 

In a co-investment scheme with Appleby Westward, the company bought a commercial unit in Park Avenue and developed it into a modern convenience store.

 

“It was a step into the unknown for us, as we’ve never been involved in a store development like this, but SPAR have been incredibly supportive and we feel very lucky to have been able to do business together,” said Katrina.

 

The store features a special food-to-go bake-off section serving Ron Dewdney’s delicious handmade pasties. The product range – traditional, steak and cheese and onion pasties – is all handmade from start to finish, from rolling the dough, dipping, filling and crimping before finally baking the same quality pasties the family business first produced at the beginning of the 1950’s.

 

The remainder of the 800 sq. ft. store provides customers with a full range of SPAR convenience products including fresh fruit and vegetables, chilled and frozen foods, an off license, Lottery and Paypoint.

 

Manager of the store is Juliette Barnard and seven new jobs have been created to fill other staff vacancies.

 

Appleby Westward’s Sales and Marketing Director Nick Kenworthy said: “We are delighted to complete this joint venture project with Ron Dewdney Ltd and are confident the store, along with its unique food-to-go offer, will be very popular within the Devonport community.”

 

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Appleby Westward Group Limited Tokyo Support Mike & Barbara Start Fundraising For A Local Primary School

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Weymouth store owners Mike and Barbara Clements are aiming to raise hundreds of pounds for a local primary school with a fundraising initiative on selected products in their shop.

 

The couple, who run the SPAR store in Preston Road, will donate 2p from the sale of every product allocated for the initiative to St. Andrews Primary School in Littlemoor Road, Preston. Products involved are being earmarked “Helping The Local Community. (http://www.swspar.com/)”

 

The school is seeking to raise £40,000 to go towards a new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) being built on the playground, and pupils and staff have been fundraising for some time.

 

Mike and Barbara have been running the SPAR store for the last 26 years and their business has always been at the heart of the local community. “From the very beginning, we have always tried to play an active role serving the community, supporting schools and charities in the town and listening to the needs of our customers,” said Barbara.

 

“We are delighted to involve our customers in this worthwhile fundraising effort for the local school. We have sent letters explaining what we are doing to the school and these have been sent home for the parents which hopefully will encourage them to support for this initiative.”

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Redevelopment Shows Increase In Sales by Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Retailer

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Redevelopment Shows Increase In Sales by Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Retailer

 

A redevelopment scheme at a Dorset SPAR store has expanded selling space by one third to enhance the convenience offer for customers.

 

Olly Andrews, who runs Maiden Newton Service Station in partnership with his mother Melody, undertook the development as part of an overall improvement programme including the Texaco fuel station and workshops.

 

In a co-investment project with Appleby Westward, the SPAR store has been increased to nearly 1,200 sq. ft. to develop space for chilled produce, beers wines and spirits and frozen food.

 

Olly became involved in the business 18 months ago when his father Mike died, having previously been involved in business management in electronics. His parents had run the service station for 40 years, and the shop had been with SPAR for the last ten.

 

"We regard our SPAR business as a convenience store with a forecourt, rather than a forecourt store," said Olly. "Our customer base is very much local people from the village and nearby who use us for convenience shopping, and so we decided to expand the store to meet their needs even better."

 

Chilled space has been increased from three to four bays, the beers, wines and spirits section from two to three bays, and frozen food from a single chest freezer to a 2 x 2 door upright, providing better display and availability.

 

Sales in January were up on the previous January by £6,000, and up on December 2012. "Each section that we expanded has shown an increase in sales," said Olly. "We are very happy with the overall refit and delighted with the results – it has completely opened up the store to display the whole range and gives a warm and friendly feel to our customers."

 

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Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Retailer: Mark Oliver Supports ACS

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Mark Oliver, who runs a SPAR store in Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, was among the audience at the recent top level Heart of the Community Conference in London, organised by the Association of Convenience Stores.

 

"It was a very useful and informative meeting," said Mark. "Retailers in SPAR need to get behind the ACS in support of its various efforts on our behalf." He said that one of the underlying messages that came across from the conference was a recommendation to independent retailers to get themselves under the fascia of a symbol group sooner rather than later.

 

The ACS campaigns on behalf of 33,500 stores in the UK and the conference, the biggest political meeting of its kind in the local shop sector, attracted a cross-party representation of MP's, including Mark Prisk, the Minister for Housing and Local Growth.

 

James Lowman, chief executive of the ACS, called for retailers to make a national impact by engaging with decision makers at a local level and becoming civic leaders in their own right within their communities.

 

He told the audience: "We are entering into an unprecedented era of local decision making on issues like crime, planning and alcohol licensing. This is a golden opportunity for convenience retailers to establish themselves as civic leaders in their communities by engaging with Community Alcohol Partnerships, the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners and local planners."

 

Mark Prisk said: "It's a tough time for retailers, which is why this Government is doing all it can to help retailers adapt and so compete for more custom. A thriving convenience sector is part of this, which is why we have acted to help small firms with business rate relief, cut their corporation tax rates and are now helping our town centres and high streets compete."

 

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Appleby Westward Group Ltd - News Page

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A convenience store in a small Devon town on the edge of Dartmoor, which had fallen into disrepair, has been given a complete makeover and re-opened as a modern SPAR store serving the local community.

The former Solo Stores in Fore Street, Chudleigh has been acquired by SPAR store operator Gillett’s (Callington) Limited and been the subject of a major refurbishment for several weeks.

“We bought the store from a receiver,” said Managing Director Mark Gillett. “It was formerly a Wilkies store but the premises had fallen into a state of disrepair over a number of years and we have totally refurbished it, starting with the very basics through to a comprehensive refit.”

The store was refurbished in a joint investment scheme with Appleby Westward, creating a new shop front, increasing the off licence range by 200%, introducing food-to-go and increasing the area for chilled products threefold.

The chilled section is distinguished by all cabinets having retro fit energy-saving doors installed, creating a distinctive eye-catching effect along one whole aisle. “The store was fully merchandised, using the plans available from Appleby Westward,” said Mark. “As we were starting with a complete new range, it did make life a lot easier and helped ensure we had the correct range for the shelving configurations within each section.

“We are very positive about the store, and it has been exceedingly well received by the locals,” he added.

Gillett’s purchased its first store in 1984 and has steadily grown with regular strategic acquisitions of businesses in rural locations. The company now operates 61 SPAR stores throughout the south west.

Gillett’s recently signed a new five year exclusivity contract with Appleby Westward, which Mark Gillett described as “a reflection of the confidence we have in the relationship and opportunities with Appleby Westward and SPAR.”

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Store Maintain Essential Service To The Village by Appleby Westward Group Limited

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The Musbury Garage SPAR( http://www.swspar.com/ ) forecourt store near Axminster has introduced a Post Office local service, providing a welcome boost for the area.

 

Post Office local is a new concept that allows retailers to offer Post Office products and services via shop staff through their main sales operations, rather than at a separate counter with dedicated Post Office employees and Julian Rinaldi, owner of Musbury Garage in Marlborough Road, has introduced one in his forecourt convenience store.

 

The Musbury store does, however, have its own Post Office till point and Julian has taken on two part time members of staff to help run the service.

 

“We are delighted to be able to offer this important additional service to our local community,” said Julian. “Because we are open from 7.30am until 8pm every day of the week, we can offer longer convenient opening hours and easier service.

 

“The Post Office approached me to take the service on when the subpostmaster decided to retire and I didn’t hesitate as it will maintain an essential service to the village( http://www.swspar.com/about/newspage.php?newsid=96 ) and the surrounding area.”

 

Julian converted the small garage shop into a modern 1,000 sq.ft. SPAR convenience store three years ago shortly after taking over the business from his parents Frank and Barbara.

 

Since then, the convenience store has flourished and become an integral part of the local community, providing an extensive range of convenience essentials and regionally sourced products, as well as fostering an involvement in local fundraising activities.

 

Post Office spokesperson Judith Aubrey said: “We are delighted to say that Musbury Post Office is one of three Post Offices opening in Devon this month, part of a three-year investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, that will see around 6000 (about half the Post Office network) converting to new-style branches, that offer longer opening hours for customers.”

 

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Appleby Westward Group Limited│Pancake Day Event Proves To Be A Success

Appleby Westward Group Limited│Pancake Day Event Proves To Be A Success | Appleby Westward Group Limited | Scoop.it

Isle of Wight SPAR stores operator, Hunnyhill Stores Group, has been fundraising again for a local good cause on the island.

 

Last year, the company raised more than £4,500 for the Donkey Sanctuary in Wroxall as a result of its role as major sponsor of a music festival on the Isle of Wight.

 

Now, the company has begun a fundraising programme for the Ventnor Paddling Pool Fund after funding was withdrawn by the Isle of Wight Council, responsibility for which has now been taken over by the town council.

 

The programme started with a Pancake Day event at its Victoria Street, Ventnor store, involving a race and pancake tossing with the chance for customers to win SPAR vouchers. All profits will go towards the paddling pool fund.

 

The Ventnor store is one of 13 operated by the company throughout the island.Hunnyhill opened its first store on the Isle of Wight in 2000 and has been instrumental in providing a major boost to the SPAR brand there ever since.

 

It has other stores in East Cowes, Lake, Newport, Ryde, Sandown, Wootton, and Wroxall and employs more than 120 people throughout the island.

 

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Appleby Westward Group Limited│Refurbished From Top To Bottom

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A New SPAR Store Opens In Yetminster.Local couple Tony and Karen Read have taken over the village shop in Yetminster, Dorset which has been closed for the last year, re-opening it as a SPAR store and Post Office.

 

The couple, who live in nearby Thornford, have refurbished the premises from top to bottom to provide a modern convenience store with Post Office services to serve the needs of the local community.

Tony worked as Head Of Sales for Appleby Westward, for the last three years. He has worked in the food retail business for the last 40 years, having also been involved in store management for Tesco, the Co-op and Somerfield. 

 

He said: “We have lived in our Thornford home for the last 24 years and therefore know the area very well. When the opportunity came along to acquire the village shop in Yetminster, we decided to snap it up as it offers such a lot of potential. We aim to make it a classic local village store that is very much at the heart of this lovely rural community.”

 

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Store Re-Develops to Fit Larger Post Office│Appleby Westward Group Limited

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Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, cut the ribbon to officially open a newly redeveloped SPAR store and Post Office in Tavistock.

 

The store, in Abbey Place, has been the subject of a redevelopment in order to accommodate an expanded Post Office service within the retail area.

 

The Post Office has introduced a Combi Counter, installed alongside the SPAR tills, enabling staff to serve both retail and Post Office transactions. Extended opening hours from 7.00am-10.00pm, plus the ability to use the service on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday, mean customers will be able to enjoy extended Post Office services. Customers can buy stamps and other everyday postal items if the Post Office is closed.

 

Store owner Ravi Jhangiani undertook the refurbishment of the store with co-investment and input from Appleby Westward, the regional distribution company for SPAR stores in the south west. It was closed for nine days while the redevelopment work was carried out.

 

Shelving has been realigned and displays improved to enable customers to see more products and promotional items, and Appleby Westward’s merchandising team carried out a complete re-merchandising of the store. The tills have been moved to the opposite side of the store, enabling blanked windows to be opened up, and a new Costa coffee machine has been installed.

 

Ravi, who also owns a SPAR store in West Hoe, Plymouth, bought the Tavistock premises eight years ago when it had been a Post Office branch office. He converted it to a SPAR store and Post Office, offering a full range of convenience products. There are 18 members of staff, seven of whom work in the Post Office

 

An accountant by training, Ravi gained early experience in the grocery trade when he was involved in the opening of Marhaba, the first ever supermarket in Bahrain in 1980. He also worked in retail with Top Shop.

 

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Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris distribution: Winford Road Garage Marks 45 Years

Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris distribution: Winford Road Garage Marks 45 Years | Appleby Westward Group Limited | Scoop.it

Staff and customers joined in the celebrations when a fun day was held to mark the 45th anniversary of Winford Road Garage[see here:  http://www.swspar.com/about/newspage.php?newsid=78 ], near Bristol, which has a SPAR forecourt store.

There were fun events for children including bouncy castles, a barbecue and refreshments, promotional deals in store and a birthday cake with a photograph of the store printed on it.

 

The business was opened in 1967 as a local vehicle service centre under the ownership of Geoff Taylor and today is run by his son Justin. The Shell garage and SPAR forecourt store serve an affluent local community in the rural Chew Valley area to the south of Bristol.

Just before taking over the reins from his father, Justin and Geoff developed the previously unbranded forecourt shop seven years ago, doubling its size to a 1,250 sq.ft. SPAR store in a major co-investment development scheme with Appleby Westward.


Previously selling mainly snacks and confectionery, the forecourt store now provides a modern convenience offer for its rural community, including a range of delicatessen-style chilled and fresh products sourced locally.

 

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Cornish Store Enjoy an Uplift In Sales by Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Distribution

Cornish Store Enjoy an Uplift In Sales by Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Distribution | Appleby Westward Group Limited | Scoop.it

SPAR stores taking part in a new merchandising programme instigated by Appleby Westward have already seen a positive impact on sales.

 

One store in the Cornwall area run by Gordon and Karen Green has enjoyed an uplift in weekly sales. Before the project took place weekly sales in store were £8,677 and an uplift of 29% now see’s last week’s sales at £11,236 respectively, while Howard Toms’ store in Southsea, Portsmouth has seen a sales boost of 11% and 6.6% year on year.

 

Head of Sales Vince Brown said the merchandising programme was taking part in 32 nominated stores throughout the region until the end of this year. “Appleby Westward is more than simply a delivered wholesaler – we are partners in growth with our retailers,” he said. “Our added services like merchandising are designed to help grow their businesses.”

 

Appleby Westward has been focussing considerable effort on space planning, regularly updating its suite of planograms to make sure its stores have the best range and opportunity in the convenience marketplace.

 

Regional sales managers discussed the project and the benefits of implementing planograms with their stores. As a result, they nominated 32 shops where they believed significant benefits could be achieved by reviewing the amount of space allocated to products and their location on the fixtures.

 

“As well as creating extra sales, it was felt the stores would also achieve improvements to range and choice, availability, shop standards and overall customer perception,” said Vince. “At the same time, it would allow them the opportunity for better stock management.”

 

Nominated retailers are being visited by merchandising team Helen Holmes, Becky Tremain and Christina Smith, who identify the opportunity to de-list slow sellers in preparation to review the space and implement the planograms, with each shop taking three to four days to complete.

 

“The objective is for retailers to maintain the planograms on an ongoing basis and update any range reviews to maintain availability and store standards,” said Vince.

 

Merchandiser Helen Holmes was delighted with some of the initial results. “We are seeing some excellent figures coming through and positive comments are coming back from many of the stores taking part,” she said.

 

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New Gillett Callington Ltd Store Opens In Chudleigh by Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Distribution

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A convenience store in a small Devon town on the edge of Dartmoor, which had fallen into disrepair, has been given a complete makeover and re-opened as a modern SPAR store serving the local community.

 

The former Solo Stores in Fore Street, Chudleigh has been acquired by SPAR store operator Gillett’s (Callington) Limited and been the subject of a major refurbishment for several weeks.

 

“We bought the store from a receiver,” said Managing Director Mark Gillett. “It was formerly a Wilkies store but the premises had fallen into a state of disrepair over a number of years and we have totally refurbished it, starting with the very basics through to a comprehensive refit.”

 

The store was refurbished in a joint investment scheme with Appleby Westward, creating a new shop front, increasing the off licence range by 200%, introducing food-to-go and increasing the area for chilled products threefold.

 

The chilled section is distinguished by all cabinets having retro fit energy-saving doors installed, creating a distinctive eye-catching effect along one whole aisle. “The store was fully merchandised, using the plans available from Appleby Westward,” said Mark. “As we were starting with a complete new range, it did make life a lot easier and helped ensure we had the correct range for the shelving configurations within each section.

 

“We are very positive about the store, and it has been exceedingly well received by the locals,” he added.

 

Gillett’s purchased its first store in 1984 and has steadily grown with regular strategic acquisitions of businesses in rural locations. The company now operates 61 SPAR stores throughout the south west.

 

Gillett’s recently signed a new five year exclusivity contract with Appleby Westward, which Mark Gillett described as “a reflection of the confidence we have in the relationship and opportunities with Appleby Westward and SPAR.”

 

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Appleby Westward Group Limited Tokyo Support: Chartman Group Win The Love Where You Live Competition

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SPAR retailer Clive Sheppard won £500 worth of free stock and a visit from Wrigley’s “Trash Team” to clean up his local area after entering a ‘Love Where You Live’ competition run by Convenience Store magazine and the chewing gum manufacturer.

 

Clive, a director of Chartman Group who own a number of SPAR stores including one in Magdalen Road, Exeter, wrote a letter as his competition entry explaining why the store would benefit from a ‘Trash Team Tidy Up’.

 

As well as winning £500 worth of free stock, a team of litter pickers descended on the Magdalen Road store to clean up the local area. The team (http://www.swspar.com/) included staff from Wrigley’s Plymouth factory, the Lord Mayor Rob Newby, local councillor Norman Shiel, the Maynard School’s ‘GreenTeam’ of pupils, plus members of Keep Britain Tidy, Convenience Store magazine and SPAR.

 

Clive’s winning entry impressed judges with his community spirit. He said: “Despite our best efforts, we face a daily challenge to keep our local area tidy. We’re located on a busy thoroughfare, with student accommodation a short distance away, and regrettably litter remains a problem. As one of the longest standing stores on the Magdalen village parade, we were delighted to get the ‘Trash Team’ treatment.”

 

Louisa Rowntree, Wrigley corporate affairs manager, said: “Wrigley is a big supporter of the Keep Britain Tidy and Love Where You Live campaigns. As well as a successful cleanup operation, we really hope our ‘Trash Team’ visit will encourage Clive’s local community to maintain a clean and tidy Magdalen Road for years to come.”

 

Phil Barton, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive, added: “It’s great to see retailers across the country embracing the Love Where You Live initiative. It’s a sad fact that some items end up as litter on our streets so, just like our lucky winner Clive, we’re calling on all store owners to encourage their customers to put used crisp packets, sweet wrappers and drink cans in the bin – it’s time to make England a sight for sore eyes, not an eyesore!”

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Appleby Westward Raise Over £1,000 for ChildLine. Staff at Appleby Westward (http://www.swspar.com/) have been busy raising funds for ChildLine, a vital service provided by the NSPCC, SPAR’s chosen charity.

 

Before Christmas, the Trading Department held a festive draw which raised a massive £1,107.50 for the charity. Donna Forward, Head of Trading, said: “Many thanks are due to everyone who supported our draw, with special thanks to Jo Bennett for organising it and Di, Elaine, Liz and Heidi who assisted with the draw.”

 

This was followed up in the new year with the Appleby Westward dinner dance at which a further £331 was raised for the charity. Nick Kenworthy, Sales and Marketing Director, is pictured here presenting the cheque to Karen Drew, Corporate Manager for the NSPCC in the south west.

 

 

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Appleby Westward Group Ltd - News Page

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Businessman Laurence Haring has moved his forecourt store to SPAR as part of a two-stage redevelopment of his Somerset garage business geared towards meeting the needs of the local community.

 

 Laurence, who operates Buncombes Garage on the A38 just south of the centre of Highbridge, decided the forecourt store needed a recognised brand in order to attract more custom, and after talking to a number of symbol groups he decided to switch to SPAR.

 

 “We felt SPAR offered us the best way forward,” said Laurence. “We wanted to be part of a group which has a recognised brand, a variety of promotions and new products, and to have the ability to access range reviews.

  

“Importantly, co-investment is an attractive proposition in the current economic environment where funding can be difficult, and Appleby Westward was able to offer us this facility in the redevelopment of our store.”

 

 The redevelopment saw new lighting and fixtures installed in the 1,800 sq.ft. store, where the emphasis has moved to more chilled products, a wide range of beers, wines and spirits, food-to-go and coffee, and a full complement of convenience goods. The store also offers National Lottery, PayPoint, phone top-up, news and an ATM machine. “Customers are delighted with the result and we’re seeing a better basket spend already,” said Laurence.

  

He expects the store to really take off once the next stage of the redevelopment, the refurbishment of the forecourt and the rebranding to Murco, is completed in the next few weeks offering competitive pricing on both fuel and shop goods.

  

“Once we have a more inviting forecourt, we fully expect the two to be complementary, with the shop helping the forecourt and the forecourt helping the shop,” he said.

  

“I’m confident that within three months, we could see shop turnover up by as much as 50%.”

  

Laurence is now spreading his wings further with Appleby Westward and has recently secured the purchase of another garage and SPAR forecourt store on the main A36 road south of Bath at Monkton Combe.

  

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Appleby Westward Group Limited: "We Are Delighted We Moved To SPAR"

Appleby Westward Group Limited: "We Are Delighted We Moved To SPAR" | Appleby Westward Group Limited | Scoop.it

Brothers Tony, Adrian and Nigel Parker have brought their three convenience stores under the SPAR umbrella – and are delighted to join the country’s biggest symbol group( http://www.swspar.com/about/newspage.php?newsid=97 ).


“Everyone at SPAR has been so friendly from the very moment they first walked through the door,” said Tony. “And since we’ve converted our stores, the feedback from our customers has been out of this world.”


Tony, Nigel and Adrian run three stores in Weston-super-Mare which were trading under the Premier banner before they decided to switch to SPAR( http://www.swspar.com/ ). Since moving, the stores – in Ebdon Road, Kelston Road and Milton Road – have all been refurbished and are enjoying a significant uplift in sales.


“The Appleby Westward team have done a brilliant job for us,” said Tony, whose late father John originally worked in the Ebdon Road store. “Our shops were beginning to look a bit tired and needed a level of investment that we simply could not afford at the time. The investment that has been put in has been second to none, and the redevelopment of the three stores has been fantastic and has completely transformed the business.”


In only the first few weeks of trading under the SPAR fascia, sales were up 20% at Ebdon Road and the other two shops were experiencing a similar boost in sales as well.


Appleby Westward doubled the amount of refrigeration in all three stores to enhance the chilled offer, and provided a complete refit throughout including new ceilings, floors and lighting. All three stores - which employ 50 full and part time staff in total - provide a full convenience fresh food and general grocery offer to their local neighbourhoods.


“We are delighted we moved to SPAR and people have been coming up to me in the streets saying how great the shops are,” said Tony. “It was all a bit flat before, but now we are very excited about the year ahead and the future prospects for the business. We couldn't be happier with the move we've made.”

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Appleby Westward Group Limited: Store Sees Uplift In Fresh Food Sales

Appleby Westward Group Limited: Store Sees Uplift In Fresh Food Sales | Appleby Westward Group Limited | Scoop.it

Customers have been full of praise for the transformation of a SPAR( http://www.swspar.com/ ) forecourt store following a £100,000 co-investment development scheme carried out by the owners and Appleby Westward.


The store, in Station Road, Ilminster, is run by John and Linda McKinnon with their son Laurie and his fiancée Leah – and the family are as delighted with the results as their customers.


“Our customers have been full of admiration for what we have done, and we are very pleased with the results too,” said John. “I think it compares more than favourably with anything you would find in a Sainsbury’s Local or Waitrose Local. We have adopted the best principles of SPAR alongside some of the market leaders, and the end result shows.”

The redevelopment scheme has created a new shop front with new imagery and a relocated store entrance enabling customers to gain an instantly favourable impression of the store’s main attractions.


These include a substantial increase in the amount of chilled refrigeration equipment, some of which is fitted with eco-friendly doors, creating one of the largest chilled alcohol displays of any convenience store in the area. The 1,800 sq.ft. store has a strong focus on fresh and chilled produce, frozen foods and an extended bakery range, as well as a Costa coffee offer. The strength of the Costa brand has attracted customers from the nearby housing estates to pop in for a cup of coffee, as well as passing trade.


“Everything a customer could want for tonight’s supper is now available here in this store, and that is the message we are putting out,” said John. “Already we are seeing an uplift in sales for produce( http://www.swspar.com/about/newspage.php?newsid=94 ), chilled and ready meals.


“Business is always a bit challenging at this time of the year, particularly in the current economic climate, but I believe that from March onwards we will really start to see the benefits of what we have done here coming through in significantly increased sales.”

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Two Managers From Appleby Westward Group Limited Present To Students At Plymouth City College

Two Managers From Appleby Westward Group Limited Present To Students At Plymouth City College | Appleby Westward Group Limited | Scoop.it

Students at City College Plymouth have been full of praise after two managers from Appleby Westward gave them an insight into the role of an in store merchandiser.

 

Vince Brown and Dave Kennington gave a workshop and presentation on merchandising to students. The students are studying for an extended diploma in business and focussing on the psychology of visual merchandising.

 

Vince and Dave outlined various plans of store layouts and explained how and why products are displayed in store.

 

Student feedback was positive afterwards, with every candidate rating the presentation four or five out of a maximum of five points.

 

Sara Harvey, Workspace Co-ordinator at the college, said: “Students were also asked to score how well the workshop was delivered, and each student scored this as a five, which is a fantastic result.”

 

Students were also complimentary about the detail and quality of the presentation, as well as the way questions were answered.

 

Sara added: “Employer talks really help to enrich the learning experience of our students and enable them to understand the realities of what is involved in a particular sector. We were grateful for Appleby Westward’s interest and look forward to working with the company again in the future.”

 

 

TESTIMONIALS

“As total newcomers to the world of retail, my husband and I felt in total chaos. We had immediately chosen to change the store from a Londis to SPAR as we thought that SPAR better resembled the type of business we wanted to be and we have never regretted the decision." [See http://www.swspar.com]

 

"The whole SPAR team were fantastic. They gave us tremendous support and were always available to help answer our many queries. Our regional sales manager was superb and we received great positive feedback from our customers."

 

"Our sales continue to grow and we haven't looked back."

 

Julie Bayliss

Bradninch

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Store Re Opens in Boscastle│Appleby Westward Group Limited

Store Re Opens in Boscastle│Appleby Westward Group Limited | Appleby Westward Group Limited | Scoop.it

A former newsagents shop in Boscastle, North Cornwall has been re-opened as a SPAR store following a joint investment project involving the owners and Appleby Westward.

 

Iain Lewis and Becky Harrison worked alongside Appleby Westward to convert the newsagency into a modern convenience store which now offers local customers the full SPAR range as well as news and magazines.

 

The store was completely refitted with a new ceiling, floor, counter, new fixtures and freezers and a SPARpos system. In addition, new chillers have been installed offering customers a wide range of fresh foods and soft drinks.

 

The new Boscastle store also has a wide choice of beers, wines and spirits as well as a food-to-go offer, and services include home delivery, National Lottery and a free-to-use ATM.

 

Regional Sales Manager Graham Allen said: “The conversion has proved very popular with customers, with a very positive overall feedback and many expressing surprise at how big the range is within the store. The development will make the business more viable and serve the community all year round.”

 

Did you know?

Appleby Westward is the SPAR (SPAR website) Retail Distribution Centre (RDC) in the West Country. They have a long-established local distribution service currently meeting the needs of a large number of great stores from Bournemouth, Southampton and Portsmouth in the East, Helston, Falmouth and Truro in the West and Bristol and Bath in the North. [See http://www.swspar.com]

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