Lifestyle SUPERSPAR welcomed local Ballito resident Brad Buchanan as their new Store Manager on 18 June 2018. Following a few weeks of settling in, and spending time with outgoing Store Manager, Seelan Pillay, Brad is looking forward to taking Lifestyle SUPERSPAR to the next level.
Brad has substantial retail and merchandise experience, having started his retail career 20 years ago with The SPAR Group. Over the last 15 years’ Brad has been involved with Mass Discounters, a Division of Massmart Holdings, with roles including Game National Merchandise Manager and DionWired National Merchandise Manager, where he was instrumental in developing and growing the DionWired concept across South Africa.
Brad has now turned his attention to his hometown and will be applying his extensive knowledge to our local Lifestyle SUPERSPAR. “Having lived in Ballito for over 16 years now, I have obviously seen the tremendous growth in the town,” said Brad. “Lifestyle Centre and Lifestyle SUPERSPAR have played a large part in the elevation of Ballito’s status as a fantastic place to live and holiday, and I am very excited to take over the reins of the SUPERSPAR at this exciting phase in Ballito’s growth. It’s so important in retail to adapt to market changes in order to remain relevant.”
According to Paul Rencken, co-owner of Lifestyle SUPERSPAR, “Outgoing Store Manager, Seelan Pillay, informed us some time ago that he wished to add value in other areas at Lifestyle SUPERSPAR, which not only allowed us the time to carefully choose our candidate, but will also allow us to have an extended hand over period where Seelan will impart as much knowledge to Brad as possible in order to ensure a smooth transition. Being able to have an extended hand over between managers is a rare privilege. We are very grateful to Seelan for his years of impeccable service and his continued support of Brad and his team.”
Brad is passionate about developing people and growing talent which will be his focus over the next 6 months. “Through this we will create a culture in the team that centralizes around world class customer service. I look forward to meeting as many customers as possible and ensuring that they have an exceptional experience every time,” he said.
Paul added, “We look forward to the fresh energy and ideas that Brad will bring to Lifestyle SUPERSPAR, which will be instrumental in driving the store forward in the next few years to ensure it remains Ballito’s favourite grocery store.”