The SPAR Group Ltd (SPAR or the group) is a warehousing and distribution business listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in the Food and Drug Retailers sector. The group owns the SPAR retail brand, but, essentially, supports a network of independent retailers who trade under our brand through our distribution centres.
We form part of SPAR International, which is present in 44 countries and has 240 distribution centres that serve 13 million customers every day. The SPAR Group Ltd, headquartered in Durban, South Africa, is present in nine countries, has 10 distribution centres and serves 3 768 retail members through 14 store formats every day.
SPAR international granted the South African licence to SPAR in 1963. Today, we have similar SPAR operations in Ireland (including South West England) and Switzerland. We also have a greenfield operation in Sri Lanka, and own SPAR licences for Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, which are all serviced through the South African distribution centres.
Our most significant income is from South Africa where we operate six distribution centres and one Build it distribution centre. These supply and service 903 independently owned SPAR stores locally, as well as five countries on the African continent. We distribute goods to stores with a fleet of trucks and trailers owned by the group.