Spar UK and James Graven have opened the doors to a new convenience store under the former’s Stores of the Future campaign.
The new shop in Littleport, Cambridgeshire is set to combine the well known name of Spar with the independent family retailer of James Graven.
The forecourt outlet aims to be as eco-friendly as possible, even using rain water for the car wash situated on its premises.
Store owner Jonathan James said: “Although this is a Spar store, I wanted my customers to know that it’s owned and run by a family firm. The store is as Spar as can be, but I wanted to show that it’s also an independent business.
“I am so proud to see the finished project, and this is a very exciting time, seeing how the site is going to develop and how sales will grow.”
In its first week of trading, the Littleport outlet served 7,000 customers and early feedback has been good from the local community.
Spar UK’s Retail Director Richard Bennett said: “This is a model store that clearly demonstrates how James Graven and Spar are working together to create an outlet with cutting-edge design, that fully supports the regional community, local producers and the environment.”
The opening comes at a time when convenience shops are increasing in popularity, with Spar Managing Director Jerry Marwood recently telling Retail Gazette that the larger supermarkets’ move into this sphere highlights the growth potential of the market.
Waitrose is one such business looking to expand its convenience offering in the months ahead, and has ambitious plans to become a major player in the sector.
The upmarket grocer is currently trialling a Little Waitrose concept store in west London and, if successful, the company is set to roll out this sub-brand in other parts of the UK later in the year.