SPAR UK has appointed Louise Hoste as the new managing director, effective from October.

Hoste played instrumental role in relaunching the Co-op brand across the food ranges as the director of the customer offer at the consumer co-operative. She has also worked on the ‘Closer To You’ strategy supporting the local and community agenda at Co-op.

She brings a wealth of international retail experience, working for Walmart in the UK, Canada and Chile in commercial, customer and general management roles.

She has also served Brakes Foodservice and, most recently, Card Factory.

“Louise joins SPAR at a time when the business continues to drive innovation across the convenience retailing sector. We look forward to welcoming Louise to our business,” said Martin Agnew, chairman of SPAR.

Commenting on her new appointment, Hoste said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to work with the leading convenience symbol group championing independent retailers and the local communities within which they serve.

“My focus will be to continue to drive the SPAR brand forward increasing its relevance with customers and developing the offer to drive sales and profit.”