Spar gives back with its Saturday specials

Kashain, left, Clare Adamson MSP, right, and Paddington.
Kashain, left, Clare Adamson MSP, right, and Paddington.
PADDINGTON Bear and Lanarkshire MSP Clare Adamson were the guests of honour at a Motherwell c-store last month when Spar in the town’s Logans Road marked Small Business Saturday, an independent campaign to promote awareness of shopping locally.
Store manager Kashain Arshad asked Adamson to draw a Paddington Bear raffle, organised in conjunction with Warburtons.
The raffle was the centrepiece of the day, with all cash raised going to the Well Foundation, a charity that carries out work locally and helps provide fresh water to communities in the developing world. Warburtons, partnering with the Paddington movie, donated an all-important bear, plus a hamper of Half & Half products. The Vue cinema in Hamilton provided four tickets for the movie.
The shop’s milk supplier Steel’s did a deal that allowed the store to offer a one-day promotion selling two-litre jugs for 89p. It also sold two-litre bottles of Barr’s Irn-Bru at 89p and Echo Falls at £3.99.
Kashain said: “The milk and Irn-Bru flew out. I tried to pick key lines, the ones that people buy a lot of. It was a thank-you from us.
“Small Business Saturday shows what we’re about: customer service and involvement in the community.
“We want to increase awareness of the c-sector. People have a mindset during the recession that they have to go to Aldi, Lidl, Asda. We need to emphasise our customer service, which is stronger than the multiples’.
“These are the areas we need to win on.”