Henderson Group are the owners of the SPAR, EUROSPAR, ViVO, ViVOXTRA and ViVO Essentials franchises in Northern Ireland and have been distributing food and grocery-related products to the convenience retail sector for over 100 years.
The Group consists of four indigenous companies, each of which operates under the Henderson Group banner. The Group is one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland with over 3,400 employees.
In 1961, the business was awarded the SPAR franchise for Northern Ireland. There are now upwards of 300 SPAR stores in operation across the Province. The Group also owns the ViVO franchise, another brand of convenience store, which caters for the needs of communities across Northern Ireland.
EUROSPAR and ViVOXTRA are Henderson’s’ two large store formats, aimed to cater for the weekly family shop. This is a growing sector for the Henderson Group and really sets the business apart from the competition.
The distribution centre has 230,000 sq. feet of ambient, fresh and frozen warehousing, situated outside Belfast at Mallusk, and offers over 5,000 ambient lines, 1,200 fresh food lines and 500 frozen food lines to the retailer.
The Group continues to reinvest into its independent retail partners’ business and its estate of company-owned stores, benefiting retailers, consumers and the Northern Irish economy as a whole.