Spar International’s partnership with Landmark Group’s Max Hypermarkets is to come to an end in December. Both companies are to pursue separate strategies to expand their retail presence across the country.

A Spar spokesman said: “Spar now wishes to extend its footprint nationwide through new partnership arrangements with a range of national and regional retailers with a focus on new supermarket formats.”

Max Hypermarkets is also said to be in discussions with potential partners to grow its store count. The companies operate 13 Spar hypermarkets across five states.