You can still find school shoes for R40 at Spar – but you’ll need to be quick and spend ‘big’
- Spar has sold almost 500,000 pairs of kids’ school shoes as part of its partnership with local manufacturer, Bata.
- Rewards card holders who spend more than R500 in-store can purchase a pair of school shoes for just R40.
- The 84% discount promotion, which ends on 10 January, has been widely popular and stocks are almost depleted.
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School shoes are still on sale for R40 at select Spar stores, but stock is dwindling fast as pupils prepare to return to class at the end of January. The Bata kids’ school shoes promotion, which first launched in late October 2020, has sold almost 500,000 pairs to shoppers who have spent more than R500 in Spar stores.
Footwear manufacturer, Bata, which produces popular local brands like Toughees and Tommy Takkies, partnered with the Spar Group to provide school shoes at massively discounted rates. The nationwide promotion, which ends on 10 January 2021, gives Spar Rewards card holders the opportunity to purchase a pair of kids’ school shoes for R40 when spending R500 or more.
The school shoes – in children’s sizes nine to one – usually retail for around R250.
The 84% discount offered by Spar’s back-to-school promotion has proven wildly popular, with several stores in Gauteng and the Western Cape now reporting stock shortages. Spar’s distribution centre expects all 500,000 pairs of Bata shoes to be sold out by the time the promotion ends, with all re-supply orders already accounted for.
Sales have also soared due to coordinated donation efforts led by non-profit organisations and individual shoppers who purchase most of their groceries from Spar. These school shoes are then distributed, for free, to disadvantaged schools and those less fortunate.
“When you’re a child, a new pair of shoes means so much,” explains Mike Prentice, the Group Marketing Executive of Spar Group.
“It’s a chance to broaden your horizons, see the world differently and chase your wildest dreams. At Spar, we believe children everywhere deserve the dignity and delight that a pair of new shoes gives them and this type of partnership with a quality supplier like Bata does just that.”
South Africans lucky enough to find stores which still have stock have been reminded that the school shoes need to be purchased from the same Spar shop in which at least R500 was spent. Additionally, only one pair of shoes can be redeemed per transaction, regardless of the amount exceeding R500.
Qualifying shoppers must present their original till slip to the Spar kiosk.
Shoppers looking to grab a pair of school shoes have been urged to first phone their preferred Spar store and enquire about availability to avoid disappointment.
(Compiled by Luke Daniel)
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