Roadchef introduces SPAR’s latest convenience store design to Strensham North motorway services

13 June, 23
Drivers and passengers visiting Roadchef’s Strensham North motorway services on the M5 northbound, between junctions 7 and 8 will enjoy a visit to its newly refurbished SPAR store.

Drivers and passengers visiting Roadchef’s Strensham North motorway services on the M5 northbound, between junctions 7 and 8 will enjoy a visit to its newly refurbished SPAR store.

Those planning to stop at leading motorway service area (MSA) operator, Roadchef, Strensham North site will be treated to a modern and creatively designed SPAR store, when they stop to take a break on their journey north on the M5 motorway.

The newly refurbished SPAR store is the brands latest design, with the format combining the great value proposition that SPAR is renowned for providing, and a wide range of food-to-go solutions and shopper missions that will meet the increasing demands from motorists visiting motorway service areas.

Strensham North is very popular with users of the M5 and the team of seven local people working in the store will be responsible for serving more than 7,500 customers that pass through the MSA every day.

The 1,900sqft SPAR store has undergone a huge transformation with a considerable investment from Roadchef.

The chilled and food-to-go area has seen the greatest change with the design generated to create real instore retail theatre. The areas are contrasted with colours, materials, and neon lights to highlight the units. Additional food-to-go units include Chicago Town Pizza, Hudson Hotdogs, F’real Milkshake and a Squishee machine.

The store also has two Costa Coffee machines and a bakery unit freshly filled with croissants, pastries, and donuts.

SPAR’s new Joy of Living Locally proposition branding has been included to tie the overall design in of the rest of the store in with the food-to-go feature wall.

Other shopper missions well catered for in the store are, Meals for Later fulfilled with a comprehensive range of chilled foods and Making a Meal where the store stocks a range of frozen food and has introduced COOK frozen food.

From a range perspective the store continues to stock a large range of SPAR own label products offering shoppers great value, choice and quality.

All low-level refrigeration at Strensham North has been replaced with more environmentally friendly high-level units on the perimeter walls of the store. This falls part of Roadchef’s aim to improve energy efficiency and the running costs of stores.

Strensham North has two Self Checkouts and Electronic Shelf Edge Labels (ESELs) throughout the store provided by EDGEPoS from Henderson Technology. The system gives live reporting on sales and margin, control and a range of functionality.

Speaking at the SPAR store launch, Kevin Whitehouse, Retail, Procurement and Supply Chain Director at Roadchef said: “We spent a great deal of time analysing what offer and design would best suit customers visiting motorway services at Strensham North with the team at SPAR and we are delighted with the result.

“We originally chose SPAR for their industry-leading store design and customer understanding, together with the strength of their brand and distribution platform. The team continue to deliver on their expertise, and we are thrilled with the development of Strensham North.

“Our SPAR store at Strensham North will offer drivers, and their passengers, a perfect blend of food-to-go products along with something for tonight’s tea. We pride ourselves in providing a relaxing and convenient place for drivers to stop and we look forward to welcoming customers to our newly refurbished SPAR store.”

Ian Taylor, SPAR UK Retail Director, added: “We are really looking forward to drivers, who stop to refresh at Roadchef’s Strensham North services, to visit our newly refurbished SPAR store. We are very pleased with the overall look and feel of the store but more importantly how the team have put together a proposition which will serve today’s ever changing motorway customer needs.

“As we move into the busy summer period, Roadchef Strensham North is the perfect place for drivers to stop on their journey and recharge. It is great to work with Roadchef. The entire team always bring a fresh approach to motorway food retailing, and we are looking forward to showcasing our latest store concept with this at this site.”

Strensham North motorway services is located on the M5 northbound, between junctions 7 and 8. Roadchef, one of the UK’s largest motorway service area operators and SPAR, the UK’s leading convenience store group, have been working in partnership since 2015. Today nine SPAR stores serve 52 million visitors who stop at Roadchef’s SPAR sites each year.

On the official launch day 1st June 2023, visitors to the store were able to claim a free 500ml bottle of SPAR own label water with every sandwich purchased. Customers who made a purchase over £10, were presented with a coupon at the till for a free pack of SPAR Flapjack Mini Bites, which could be redeemed at their next visit to Roadchef Strensham North or Strensham South SPAR stores.

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