Local or Not?
I grew up just outside Llanrwst in a small village called Trefriw. My father, at that time managed the local Llanrwst branch of the Midland Bank, as it was called then, now HSBC. I therefore have fond memories of this market town attending the local high school and probably one or two of the local pubs in my late teenage years.
Once I left the area to attend college, for a number of years afterwards I lost contact with the the area. But about 12 years ago when I ran a small business producing traditionally made ready meals I was looking for outlets that I could supply. I heard on the grapevine that the owners of Spar Llanrwst, Justin and Sara McIlveen, were someone I should contact as they supported local producers.
Like many I had always thought of Spar as a big chain and quite unapproachable. But in fact Spar as a concept has many facets. Spar is a multinational retail chain operation but the shops are mainly independently owned retailers operating under the Spar banner of which Spar Llanrwst is one. There is approximately 12,500 Spar stores in 35 countries worldwide. The Spar stores was founded in the Netherlands in 1932 by retailer Adriaan van Well, and through its independent retailing network of stores it operates in most European countries, parts of Africa, Asia and Oceania.
|Justin and Sara McIlveen - 2014 Spar Retailer of the Year Winners|
|Jones o Gymru Crisps at Spar Llanrwst|
|Llaeth y Llan Yogurts|
|Halen Mon at Spar Llanrwst|
|Edwards of Conwy Sausages and Bacon|
Beers by the dozen at Spar Llanrwst
|Birchgrove Eggs from Trawscoed Mid-Wales|
A Selection of Welsh Cheeses in the chiller section of Spar Llanrwst
|Welsh Rapeseed Oil ideal for cooking or as a dressing.|