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"The Payroll department not only deal with the on-going payroll processing of the Appleby Westward staff," (says Jo Hounsell, Appleby Westward's HR Director) they also work with a large number of our retailers who outsource their payroll to Appleby Westward'.
Businessman Amir Sattari has opened his fifth SPAR store in Hampshire - in a former pub in Portsmouth.
Amir, whose other stores are in Portsmouth, Emsworth and Southsea, bought the former New Roebuck pub in New Road, Buckland, Portsmouth and converted it in a co-investment project with Appleby Westward, the regional distribution company for SPAR stores in the south and west.
The New Roebuck, a former Victorian street corner pub, was originally owned by the Pike Spicer Brewery before becoming part of the Brickwoods Brewery estate in the 1930s, which was later acquired by Whitbread. Diminishing trade saw the pub close last year.
Amir acquired the building, converting the upstairs accommodation into three flats and redeveloping the pub as a modern 1,800 sq. ft. SPAR neighbourhood value convenience store.
He has introduced coffee and a food-to-go service, with a turboserve offering hot food, and there is a large fruit and vegetable selection and a wide range of value products, including SPAR’s new S Brand value range. He has also installed eco-friendly chiller cabinets with doors for his entire range of chilled products.
Amir and his wife Jane began trading in their first SPAR store at Emsworth twenty five years ago before developing a second store in Osborne Road, Southsea. A third store was opened in Trafalgar House in Middle Street, Southsea in 2007, and two years ago a 2,500 sq. ft. neighbourhood value store was developed in Queen Street, Portsmouth, which is run by their son Reece.
“The redevelopment of the New Roebuck has created a superb new SPAR neighbourhood store,” said Nick Kenworthy, Sales & Marketing Director for Appleby Westward. “It is a demonstration of how co-investment with us can really deliver outstanding state-of-the-art stores to give retailers increased profit margin.”
Appleby Westward has invested over £10 million in co-investment development schemes with independent SPAR stores throughout the south west in the last five years. The company has set aside a further £2 million for similar schemes with its retailers during 2012.
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Article updated February 2012
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