Spar UK posted a 3.1% sales rise for the first quarter due to significant growth across its fresh food, wine and own-brand ranges.
The company also attributed the sales uplift to ensuring every store is tailor made for the community it serves, with different product ranges and services to respond to customer needs.
The company said it has continued to roll out its own brand range of products, with sales in the category growing 4.4% in the three months to end July compared to sales in the previous year.
It has also said that it is improving its fresh food offer and moving beyond grocery top-up shopping. It said it has seen a substantial rise in sales of fresh food and produce, including a 3.9% increase in fresh food overall.
Jerry Marwood, SPAR UK managing director said: “On a category basis, we’ve seen strong performances across our fresh food and our wine in particular. This suggests that every week we are now seen by our 15 million customers as delivering the products they need to make a home-cooked meal, to pick up food on the go or to buy some quality wine to go with the Sunday lunch. We will continue to focus on enhancing this and on encouraging our retailers to find more product lines with genuine local provenance, as well as improving our fresh food offering.”