Wholesale and Retail Company BWG will add 20 Spar and EuroSpar stores nationwide over the next 12 months. BWG currently operate 450 stores across Ireland and will concentrate on fresh food, innovation and digital trends moving forward.

The announcement was made at the group’s conference, held every two years for all Spar and Eurospar operators. Spar South Africa currently owns 80% of BWG which operate the Mace, Londis and XL brands, about 40% of the total convenience retailing market.

BWG Chief Executive Leo Crawford said “We believe that convenience is high on the agenda for Irish consumers and we are working with retailers to help them attract new customers and grow revenues by focusing on fresh food, innovation and digital trends to give consumers what they want. We also think this will provide new growth opportunities for the BWG Foods and we are anticipating continued store growth in 2017 and beyond.”