Spreading its branches

Spar remains determined to bring the whole world ‘under its tree’, and, despite a setback, its global president, Dubliner Leo Crawford, is confident it can do it

9th October, 2010

In downtown Dongguan, Chinese workers are chomping noodles from Kitsu noodle bars, a concept devised in Dublin.

While Ireland may be far more famous for the humble spud, it is the internationalisation of convenience stores that has led to such developments - and Spar is the largest of these worldwide.

With sales close to €30 billion last year, a worldwide workforce of 250,000 and six million square metres of stores, Spar International’s goal is to...

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