Retailer confirms Spar is up for sale
The retailer in charge of the Spar convenience store in Caistor has confirmed that the Horsemarket premises is up for sale.
Speaking earlier today, (Sunday, October 9, 2016) the retailer – usually known by his nickname “PK” – confirmed that he has been speaking to several prospective buyers, though no firm offers had yet been received.
In the past few days many of the shelves have been cleared and on at least one day in the past week, the store has closed earlier than normal.
“I’m hoping to be in tomorrow morning to do the papers, but I don’t know how long we can stay open after that,” he said.
PK said he had been trading from the site for 24 years. He thanked Caistor residents for their support and custom.
“People didn’t tend to say they were going to the Spar. You would hear children say they were popping round to PK’s,” he said.
He admitted that his own personal future was uncertain.
The retailer was not asked about recent trading conditions, but on previous conversations with the Citizen, he said his business had been dealt a hammer blow by prolonged roadworks outside his premises several years ago.
In the past year, PK has invested substantially in the business, complying with regulations to have tobacco products shielded from public view, and buying new chillers to increase his fresh food ranges.
If the store is closed for any amount of time, it is expected to have a devastating effect on the community, especially those without cars.
It would also mean Caistor shoppers would have no access to convenience stores on Sundays outside of 10am-4pm.
One popular feature offered by PK was the “topping up” of gas and electricity for pay-as-you-use customers, which is also offered by the Co-op and Caistor Post Office.
The picture shows the front of Caistor’s Spar during an In Bloom judging day last summer.