Spar has appointed Steven Blackmore to the position of retail director, which has been vacant since Tony Start quit to Join Balfour in February. Blackmore, who has been head of retail since May last year, takes up the new post with immediate effect. His earlier career included spells at Carrefour and Somerfield. On leaving the latter in 1997, he created the Blackmore Consultancy where his first contract brought him contact with Spar and Naafi in Germany. He set up the food range for the 60 Germany Naafi stores. In November 1998 Blackmore moved to Spar hq in Harrow to manage fresh food development and the analysis of sales data. He said: "My aim is to continue the development of Spar as an information led group as we move to make more efficient use of EPoS figures." {{PEOPLE MOVES }}