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Two SPAR Scotland company owned stores were re-launched recently following significant investment from CJ Lang & Son Ltd and demonstrate the latest SPAR Scotland thinking in terms of convenience store developments.

SPAR Balmacara situated in Rosshire, in the Scottish Highlands and SPAR Spean Bridge located at ‘the crossroads of the Highlands’ have undergone huge transformations and give customers a much better offer as they head towards the North Coast 500 tourism route. 

Both stores have been completely refitted with new refrigeration, flooring, signage, graphics and much more. The external and internal signage, decoration and flooring have been replaced giving the stores a modern look and feel. Digital screens have been introduced throughout the stores to navigate customers and promote special offers. The introduction of new food-to-go options include Calippo, Freal shakes, and smoothies are a welcome addition to both stores. New bakery counters also enhance the hot food offer available. A focus on the environment has meant that new energy saving lighting, efficient refrigeration and freezers have been installed. New graphics now tell the story of the stores and their connections with their local communities.

The SPAR Balmacara store is situated on the shores of Loch Alsh, near the Kyle of Lochalsh in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. SPAR Balmacara joined the SPAR family in 2017 and today employs 13 local people.

The small, attractive village of Spean Bridge is home to a SPAR store that has been in the SPAR family since 2008, and the original store owner, David Archibald, his wife and son Ian joined CJ Lang for the re-launch.

Brian Straiton, Operations Director for CJ Lang & Son Ltd said: “We announced last year that we would be investing a record-breaking amount of money into our company owned store estate. This is the largest investment of its kind by our business, and we are delighted to see several stores now completed.  The initial feedback and sales have well exceeded our expectations.

“SPAR Balmacara and SPAR Spean Bridge are positioned in the heart of their localities, and we are sure local residents and visitors to the scenic areas around the stores will enjoy the benefits of our investment.

These are the latest SPAR stores to benefit from the major investment programme we’ve commenced and we’re looking forward to showcasing more refurbished stores in the months to come.”

The SPAR Scotland Tradeshow takes place on 22nd September at the MacDonald Complex in Aviemore.  At this event SPAR Scotland will be sharing a business update with all delegates that will include store refurbishment and development plans.   Supplier exhibitor space is already sold out at this event so if you have not booked your delegate place please do so now by contacting the SPAR Scotland Tradeshow team on 01383 512000.

CJ Lang & Son Ltd operates over 100 stores and employs 1,800 people in cities, towns, and villages all over Scotland.