Debbie Robinson has been appointed Managing Director of SPAR (UK) Limited and will be joining at the end of the summer. Commenting on Robinson’s appointment Peter Blakemore, SPAR Chairman said: “We are delighted that Debbie is joining the SPAR organisation. She brings with her a wealth of retail experience and her passion and knowledge will be invaluable to our business.” Debbie Robinson will be based from SPAR’s central office in Harrow. In her previous role as Director of Food Marketing at the Co-operative Group, she developed award winning formats including layout, macro space allocation, merchandising and design for petrol forecourts, convenience stores and supermarkets. She delivered an extensive refit programme delivering significant return on investment and also developed a 3,000 plus own branded product range. She was also General Manager for Brand and Retail responsible for all store locational and acquisition strategies, format designs and ranging.