Spar brings in new head of retail

Spar UK has appointed Ian Taylor as its new head of retail.

Responsible for increasing store numbers and developing new retail formats, he will be based at the company’s central office in Harrow when he joins on August 13.

Taylor joins Spar UK from The Co-Operative Farms, where he was the head of commercial operations/sales and marketing, heading up the division’s commercial operations.

He said: “This is a fantastic brand to be working with given Spar’s 55-year history in the UK and the fact that globally SPAR is the largest food retailer in the world, and I am confident that my experience can help to drive the brand forward.”

Debbie Robinson, Spar UK managing director said: “Ian’s strong reputation for developing a growing, profitable and sustainable business by creating a strategic partnership approach to protect the security of long term supply makes him the ideal candidate to join SPAR UK in this extremely important and prestigious role.”

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