Spar wholesaler James Hall has put an extra £2m behind its drive to convert members to Spar's Millennium store format. Sales director John Hodgson said: "All our retailers are keen to join, but in some case finances do not permit. That is why we have set up a £2m lease/hire scheme to help them budget for a refit." Some 120 of the Spar stores which James Hall services have converted over the 18 months since the new format was launched, with a further 50 concessions in the pipeline. But with a target market of 350 independents, 69 James Hall owned stores, 15 Naafi stores, and 52 Alfred Jones stores, Hodgson said the pace of conversion needed to be speeded up. He said: "The £2m scheme includes special deals on equipment, free stock for retailers spending £5,000 plus on new equipment, free maintenance and no deposit." James Hall is also offering retailer weekends, where retailers are taken to see its Millennium model store and given presentations on the format. {{NEWS }}