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SPAR International has been supporting the SPAR owner-operators with the best systems, knowledge and expertise for over 90 years. Based in Amsterdam, SPAR International is the coordinating office for all 48 SPAR countries.

SPAR International drives the strategy that fuels the SPAR mission and values. It plays a pivotal and extremely effective role in the continued development of SPAR, helping to ensure that those in the SPAR family benefit from a shared sense of direction and the unrivalled support of a truly global team of retail experts.

SPAR International evaluates key retail trends and consumer issues that may influence its future direction, and oversees expansion plans into new markets such as Russia, China and India. It is the driving force behind the continued growth of SPAR as a global brand.

The philosophy of SPAR

The story of SPAR in the early years is the story of founder, Adriaan van Well, an innovative Dutch wholesaler with a clear vision for the future of SPAR. He was inspired by a simple yet powerful philosophy based on the concept of voluntary retailing: Independent wholesalers and retailers can achieve more by working together than working alone. This vision of benefiting from working in co-operation, uniting resources and scale, remains the philosophy of SPAR today.


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