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.”

Appleby Westward Group Limited: “We Are Delighted We Moved To SPAR”

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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.

“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. 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.”

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

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The Musbury Garage SPAR 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 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.”

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

Customers have been full of praise for the transformation of a SPAR 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, 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.”

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

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

Refurbished From Top To Bottom. A New SPAR Store Opens In Yetminster

Store Re Opens in Boscastle

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

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.”

“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

Appleby Westward Group Limited│Refurbished From Top To Bottom

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.”

 

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.