Spar stores closed
  • Spar says it has taken over the running of franchise stores owned by a franchise holder, the Giannacopoulos group.
  • Some of the stores, spread around Johannesburg, Tshwane, and in KwaZulu-Natal, were closed this week.
  • The company has yet to release details, but these are the Spar, Superspar, and Tops shops affected.
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23 Spar, Superspar, and Tops locations around South Africa are now – probably – under the control of Spar head office, while a legal battle with a major franchise-holder plays out.

A Spar director this week issued a notice to its retailers, saying the company had "terminated membership of the stores which fall within the Giannacopoulos Group", then turned to the high court, and ultimately took possession of the stores, and now intends to run them directly.

The Giannacopoulos Group had brought the Spar brand into disrepute and had competed with other Spar retail members, the notice said.

Spar reportedly put an ultimatum to the Giannacopoulos Group earlier this year after complaints of abuse.

Spar's head office would not comment on the notice or its relationship with the stores on Friday, saying only it intended to issue a statement later in the day.

Business Insider South Africa could not immediately reach the Giannacopoulos Group for comment.

At least some stores within the group were shut down for parts of the week, with the sheriff of the court spotted at another.

These are all the affected Spar, Superspar, and Tops stores around the country.

Tshwane and surrounds

Dely Road, at the Newlands Shopping Centre 

Doornpoort, at the Village Square Shopping Centre

Elardus Park, off Delmas Road

Karenpark, in Akasia.

Montanana, off Sefako Makgatho Drive (formerly Zambezi Drive)

Mooikloof, off Garsfontein Road

Orchards, off Doreen Avenue

Rietfontein, at the Rietfontein Pavilion Centre

Sediba, off Beethoven Street in Hartebeespoort

Silver Place, on Brandwag Street in Silverton

Silverton Spar, off Pretoria Street in Silverton

Wierda, in Wierdapark 

Zambezi, off Moloto Road

Johannesburg and surrounds

Euro Spar in Vereeniging

Rustenburg Square Spar

Tuscany Spar at Tuscany Crossing, Rustenburg

Safari Superspar at the Safari Gardens centre, Rustenburg

Carlswald, off New Road in Midrand 

KwaZulu-Natal

Andrew’s, Empangeni

Five Ways, Empangeni 

Meerensee, Richard's Bay

Lakeside, Richard's Bay

Town Square, Richard's Bay

(compiled by Phillip de Wet) 

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