Spar digs deep to help charity

Baloons around a spar store opening

Group enjoys another year of giving

SPAR Scotland and CJ Lang have celebrated another successful year of supporting charities and community initiatives.

The retail and wholesale group have donated £142,753 during 2022.

Over £69,000 went to Marie Curie, the Kiltwalk challenge raised £24,038, the community cashback campaign during COP26 saw £26,000 go to 26 worthy causes, £7,474.03 went to the Red Cross and £15,518.11 was used for various donations to local charities and communities.

Spar Scotland marketing manager Paula Middleton said: “We put our values right at the heart of what we do and that means supporting the local communities where our stores are situated. We are delighted to have been able to raise so much for a huge number of groups around Scotland.”

This year, CJ Lang will continue to support Spar’s national charity partner, Marie Curie, and will roll out foodbank bins to a selection of stores as part of the charitable work.

Meanwhile, Spar Scotland has welcomed independent retailer Arshad Aslam and his team with the opening of his new store on the High Street of Biggar.

The 2,500sq ft store has been refurbished after sitting empty for a while and now hosts a range of products and services for locals to enjoy.

Features include a pizza takeaway, off-licence, lottery services, an ATM, EVRi parcel service, American confectionery, Equi’s Ice Cream, Tango Ice Blast, Rollover hot dogs and Costa Coffee, as well as Spar’s award-winning own-label products.

Aslam said: “It has been a trying time with the cost of living going up. But, with Spar’s support, I’ve managed to keep a strong value message within my store. I look forward to giving something back to my loyal customers.”