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Founded in Holland in 1932 by Mr Adriaan van Well, SPAR is now the world's largest international food retail chain, with 13,600 stores in 33 countries. They are also the UK's leading convenience store group, with a turnover in excess of £2.7 billion.

A global brand with a local touch.

SPAR was set up in the UK in 1957 with five founding wholesale members. The business is now made up of six wholesale members servicing more than 2,600 stores. They also employ over 50,000 people in the UK.

SPAR is a ‘symbol’ group, which means individual SPAR members retain their independence but enjoy the advantages of belonging to a global brand. SPAR members reap the benefits of being part of a large international organisation with collective buying and marketing power, a strong corporate image and impressive back-up resources.

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Lacklustre 1 out of 10

Posted by Peter in Pinhoe Road on Friday, 15 Nov 2013.

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I have already seen one other poor review of this outlet on Google. In my experience a number of the staff in this shop are discourteous to the point of actually being rude. On my last visit (and believe me it certainly was my 'last' visit) after quite a few minutes waiting in line I placed several items on the counter and was asked curtly if I needed a bag, to which I responded with a polite affirmative, the polythene carrier was duly thrust in my general direction while the items were nonchalantly scanned and placed very deliberately back down on the counter leaving me with no alternative but to seize the initiative and transfer them into the flimsy conveyance myself. I have some experience of working in shops and I fail to see how assisting customers or at least offering to help pack is anything but common courtesy, especially given the queue of weary faced fellow shoppers building steadily behind me. In short we all lost valuable moments of our lives. Leaving the politeness aspect aside, I dread to think what any assiduous 'Time and Motion' inspector would have to say about this. If some of the staff working in this shop really are so disgruntled with their lot maybe they should consider a change of job- I'm sure they would be more than adequately qualified for a career with Ryanair for example. I would also advise anyone purchasing wine from this shop to keep a close eye on the labelling as the till has a worrying tendency to disagree with what's displayed on the shelves especially in the case of 'special offers'. As a final point I also recently bought a box of white wine from the shop and found it to be "corked" - to be fair this does deserve some degree of admiration - I hadn't previously believed that such a thing was even actually possible, so well done there! Thankfully, Magdalen Road has a whole host of independent outlets all run by friendly courteous people, so it certainly won't be any hardship avoiding this shop in future and I'll be encouraging others to do the same.

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Spar has 72 stores in the UK in our database.

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More details Bournemouth: SPAR Old Christchurch Road, 110 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth
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More details Chiseldon: SPAR Chiseldon, High Street, Chiseldon
More details Chiseldon: SPAR Euro Garages Chiseldon Camp, SPAR Store, Marlborough Road, Swindon
More details Cotteridge: Spar, 32 Watford Road, Birmingham
More details Daresbury: Spar, 2 Bridgewater Grange, Preston Brook, Runcorn
More details Edgbaston: SPAR Birmingham Uni, University Centre, Birmingham University, 1, Birmingham
More details Englefield Green: SPAR Englefield Green, 11-13 Saint Jude's Road, Englefield Green, Egham
More details Exeter: Spar, 49 Magdalen Road, City Centre, Exeter
More details Falmouth: SPAR, Albany Road, Falmouth
More details Falmouth: SPAR Market Strand, Dash Convenience Stores Ltd, 13 Market Strand, Falmouth
More details Galashiels: SPAR Wilderhaugh, Wilderhaugh Service Station, Wilderhaugh, Galashiels
More details Gartocharn: SPAR Drymen, 2-4 Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow
More details Gretna: Spar, 101 Central Avenue, Town Centre, Gretna
More details Heath Town: SPAR Euro Garage Heath, Euro Garages Spar Store, Mansfield Road, Heath, Chesterfield
More details Keswick: SPAR Shorley Lane, Shorley Lane, Keswick
More details Kilmarnock: Spar, 26 Dean Street, Kilmarnock
More details Langton Matravers: SPAR Harmans Cross, Valley Road, Harmans Cross, Swanage
More details Leicester: Spar, 41 Millstone Lane, City Centre, Leicester
More details Leicester: Spar, 10 Granby Street, Leicester
More details Leicester: SPAR Euro Garage Hinkley Road, St James Service Station, Hinckley Road, Leicester
More details Leicester: Spar, Hinckley Road, Leicester
More details Leicester: SPAR Sandringham Service Station, BP Garage, 270 Melton Road, Leicester
More details Leicester: SPAR Groby Road, St Martins Service Station, 335 Groby Road, Leicester
More details Lesmahagow: SPAR Lesmahagow Mini Market, 45 Abbeygreen, Lesmahagow, Lanark
More details Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant: SPAR Llanrheadr, The Market Square, Market Street, Oswestry
More details Manchester: SPAR New George Street, 4 New George Street, Shude Hill, Manchester
More details Manchester: SPAR Picadilly, 89 Piccadilly, City Centre, Manchester
More details Manchester: SPAR City Tower, Unit F1 City Tower, Parker Street, Manchester
More details Manchester: SPAR King Street West, 31-33 King Street West, Manchester
More details Market Harborough: SPAR Market Harborough, Coventry Road, Market Harborough
More details Mawnan Smith: Spar, Parc An Manns, Falmouth
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More details Mountsorrel: SPAR, Parker Motor Services, 48-52 Wanlip Road, Syston, Leicester
More details Newry: Spar, 1 Stream Street, Newry
More details Parkstone: Spar, 109 Commercial Road, Poole
More details Parkstone: SPAR Euro Garage Highland, 487-491 Ashley Road, Poole
More details Parkstone: Spar, 160 Ringwood Road, Poole
More details Penrhyndeudraeth: Spar, Trem Haul, Penrhyndeudraeth
More details Penryn: Spar, 58-60 Lower Market Street, Penryn
More details Portsmouth: SPAR, 8 Derby Road, Portsmouth
More details Poulton-le-Fylde: SPAR Poulton, 90-94 Garstang Road East, Poulton-le-Fylde
More details Salford: Spar, Coniston Street, Salford
More details Staines: Spar, 36 Worple Road, Staines
More details St Clears: SPAR St Clears, Castle Houseblue Bear Square, Pentre Road, Carmarthen
More details Tarporley: SPAR Tarporley, 115 High Street, Tarporley, Cheshire
More details Thornhill: SPAR Thornhill, 121 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill
More details Tintagel: SPAR Tintagel, Fore Street, Tintagel
More details Truro: SPAR, 1 Smithy Lane, Carnon Downs, Truro
More details Wareham: Gillett's-Spar Wool, High Street, Wool, Wareham
More details Wareham: SPAR Wareham, 21 Carey Road, Wareham
More details Whickham: SPAR Euro Garage Wickham, Front Street, Wickham
More details Whickham: Spar, Front Street, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne
More details Wigston: SPAR Wigston, 47-49 Queens Drive, Wigston
More details Windygates: SPAR Kennoway, Sandybrae Filling Station, Sandy Brae, Kennoway
More details Winsford: SPAR Winsford, Square Garage, Delamere Street, Winsford
More details Wistaston: SPAR Crewe, 2a Rope Lane, Wells Green, Crewe

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