A WELL-KNOWN Omagh-based retailer has described his appointment to an international forum representing Spar shops around the world as a “true honour”.
Peter McBride, who has over 30 years of retailing experience and runs 12 Spar stores throughout the North, has been appointed to the InterSpar Executive Committee by Spar International.
Mr McBride is a Spar Ulster Guild board member and was elected to the National Guild of Spar as a board member in 2009.
He is also the President of Retail NI.
Paddy Doody, sales and marketing director at Henderson Group, which owns the Spar brand in the North, said he was delighted Peter’s contribution to the industry had been recognised. Mr Doody said, “Last year, we celebrated 30 years of McBride Retail Group and honoured Peter as one of our most respected independent retailers. Over the past 30 years, the McBride Retail Group has consistently delivered for local shoppers, providing over 460 jobs across 12 sites.
“From providing employment opportunities to supporting national and local charitable initiatives, Peter and his team have given so much back to their local communities.
“Everybody at Henderson Group wishes Peter the best of luck and congratulations with the appointment on to the InterSPAR Executive Committee.”
Mr McBride said it was a “true honour” to be appointed to the Executive Committee.
“I look forward to representing retailers at the next event,” the Omagh man added.
The InterSpar Executive Committee operates similarly to Spar UK’s and Spar’s Ulster Guild, with 12 representatives, comprised of five wholesale members from prominent Spar countries, five retail members and two seats held by SPAR International.
The group gathers twice a year for a two-day meeting held in a different country, and at Congress during the shareholders’ meeting of Spar International. They visit stores in the host country to gain a better understanding of the local market and hear firsthand what is happening in all Spar member countries.