UK convenience retailer Spar has opened its flagship Eurospar store in Broomhill, Sheffield, the company confirmed to just-food today (5 June).

The news comes as the company posted a worldwide sales climb of 6.3% last year on a constant-currency basis.

Spar International MD Dr Gordon Campbell said the symbol group had achieved an “excellent result against the background of the onset of the global recession”.

Earlier this year Spar extended its supermarket format Eurospar into mainland UK with the acquisition of 11 stores from fellow retailer Somerfield.

The deal, which was struck for an undisclosed sum, will see an unspecified number of the former Somerfield stores become Eurospar outlets, which are bigger than the standard Spar convenience store.

There are 13 Eurospar outlets – which range from 5,000 to 10,000 sq ft – in Northern Ireland but a spokesperson for Spar UK said the acquisition would see the format roll out across the Irish Sea.