A shop in Coagh, Co Tyrone has become the 300th SPAR to open in Northern Ireland, as the Henderson Group celebrates 60 years of locally operating the symbol brand.
SPAR is by far the most popular local convenience store brand, with the Coagh shop marking its fifth opening this year to date of 13 new shops planned for 2021.
The opening of SPAR Coagh has created 24 new jobs and represents an investment of nearly £500,000 by operators Andy Davis and Graham Johnston of SPAR 77 Retail. It sits on a site formerly owned by John and Pearl McGaw, who ran a motor store there for 47 years.
“SPAR has brought countless opportunities for entrepreneurs, independent retailers and local suppliers since it arrived in the ‘60s, and no more so than in recent years,” said Paddy Doody, sales & marketing director, Henderson Group. “The concept has evolved and developed as consumer shopping behaviour and demands have changed.
“SPAR is an international network, and our retailers thrive from it on a local level. We offer hundreds of locally sourced fresh ranges and produce which not only meet demand but support our thriving agri-food industry, providing profitable businesses for our retailers setting them apart from their competitors.
“We have great ambitions for the remainder of 2021 and will continue to open stores and supermarkets that have been built with the local shopper in mind, including SPAR Coagh which represents the next era for SPAR and its fresh food offering.”
As well as Henderson Wholesale’s enjoy local and The Greengrocer’s brands, the new shop offers 77 Retail’s award-winning The Green Deli serving hot breakfasts, homemade lunches and carvery dinners, Mauds Ice Cream and an Arc Wines off-licence.
Davis said: “We are very proud to be operating SPAR Coagh, a milestone store for the brand, and on a site that has been serving the community for nearly 50 years already.
“We opened SPAR Cadogan in 2010 and since then have built our own network of SPAR stores across Northern Ireland, employing over 140 people across six sites. We are passionate about bringing an amazing shopping experience made for those local communities and developing careers within our retail industry.
“We are looking forward to getting to know our neighbours and welcoming our shoppers in-store alongside our store manager, Nicky Huddelson, who is local to Cookstown. We’re bringing a proposition to the village that is in demand, from our Solo forecourt to Barista Bar coffee as well as self-check-out areas which offer a contactless cash solution from Glory.”
SPAR Coagh was officially opened on Friday, May 28 by its owners and the McGaws, alongside Martin and Geoffry Agnew, joint managing directors, and John Agnew, chairman, Henderson Group.