Spar recruits new boss from Card Factory

Louise Hoste managing director of Spar UK

Spar has hired its new managing director from Card Factory, where she was executive commercial director.

Louise Hoste will replace Debbie Robinson, who is leaving Spar to join Central England Co-op. She has previously worked for Walmart in the UK, Canada and Chile and was director of customer offer at the Co-op, where she relaunched the brand across food ranges. She will join the business by October.

Spar reported an 8.5% increase in UK sales to £2.84bn in 2016, its, as new retailer members joined the c-store group.

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