Following its takeover of the Spar business in Ireland a few years back, South Africa’s Spar Group hasn’t shied away from international expansion. As it looks forward to entering Poland, ESM editor Stephen Wynne-Jones caught up with its chief executive, Graham O’Connor. This article first appeared in ESM Issue 5 2019.
When ESM last interviewed the chief executive of South Africa’s Spar Group, Graham O’Connor, in early 2015, he was looking forward to embracing the opportunities offered by the Irish market, with the Durban-based business having just acquired an 80% stake BWG Group, owners of the Spar brand in Ireland.
Today, O’Connor has added Spar operations in Switzerland and Sri Lanka to the group’s portfolio, and he has just completed a deal to enter Poland – not to mention the group’s presence in Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia, as well as its home market.