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New Store A fresh new look for SPAR Hillfoot Road, Ayr

Set not far from the crossroads of Holmston Drive and Hillfoot Road, in Ayr, Ayrshire, SPAR Hillfoot Road celebrated its re-launch on 19 January following an extensive store refit.

The SPAR Scotland company owned store has received major investment to bring it in line with CJ Lang’s latest modern SPAR store models and their drive to be more energy efficient.

The store’s exterior now has a new bright SPAR fascia plus updated window graphics and external signage. Internally there has been a complete refit with new flooring, new ceiling finish, new lighting, new shelving and new counter installed.

Steve Irons, Company Owned Stores Operations Director said: “Our ambition is to bring everything that our neighbours in our local community would expect to see in their local store. Focus has been given to ensuring that our offer of chilled products, fruit and vegetables have been improved, along with snacking and ambient ranges to meet all meal requirements.”

Major investment has been made to upgrade the refrigerated equipment and space.  The food-to-go area sees a major boost, both in self-serve options and for items served at the counter area. The beers, wines and spirits area has also been upgraded and now chilled beers and wines are available for customers.

The store layout takes shopping missions into consideration and helps customers find complimentary products located helpfully.

Price information has been fully modernised with the installation of clearly visible electronic shelf edge labels along with large digital screens giving promotion and product information. The overall internal store look, and product location guidance, is rounded off with very visible, colourful and illuminated signage boards.

All lighting is to LED efficiency standards and lighting in the storage areas operates with sensors.

“Our drive to improve energy efficiency leads to all new chilled and frozen refrigeration which meets the changes to legislation coming into force in 2030. Our drive to efficiency sees our business meeting our responsibilities years in advance,” added Steve.

At the relaunch celebrations, suppliers BARR, Snappy Shopper and Browning’s were at the store to provide customers with product samples and vouchers. Customers were given goody bags and had the chance to win lots of prizes from the SPAR spinning wheel. 

This is the latest store in the SPAR Scotland portfolio to receive a major refit, following in the footsteps of SPAR company owned stores in Balmacara, Gatehouse of Fleet, Spean Bridge and Crosshouse.

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