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

Staff and customers joined in the celebrations when a fun day was held to mark the 45th anniversary of Winford Road Garage, 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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Sattari Family ‘Celebrate The Summer’ With A New iPad2

Sattari Family 'Celebrate The Summer' With A New iPad2

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.

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

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.

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.”

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.”

The featured article above was from Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Retailer.

 

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

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 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!”

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

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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.”

The featured article above was from Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Retailer.

 

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.”

The featured article above was from Appleby Westward Group Limited Paris Retailer.