The Three Amigos

The Three Amigos

(L-R: Marius Swanepoel, Ryan Kleynhans, Martin Niemand )

Remember those long ago days when shopping was not just a necessary expedition for stocking up on groceries and fresh food, but also a social occasion, to meet up with friends, stock the drinks cupboard for the weekend braai, pick up some lunch at the deli? It’s beginning to sound like a dream now.

It was during that long ago dream-time, in December 2019, that Marius, Ryan and Martin began their negotiations to purchase the Swellendam SuperSpar from the much loved Kosie and Mariette Pozyn.

The three of them have been good friends since 2008 when they all lived in Jeffreys Bay – and shortly after Martin’s partner passed away suddenly in April 2019, discussions about starting a business together began, with the search becoming earnest in September 2019.

“We looked at a couple of Spar stores in the Western Cape, but none of them really “talked” to us.  The Swellendam opportunity came up quite by chance when a fellow Spar retailer mentioned that Kosie and Mariette were thinking of selling.” said Ryan.

” When we saw the store on the first day in mid-December we knew this was the business for us, everything about it felt right. “

They officially took over the store on 1 April, and despite all the challenges of taking over a business in the midst of COVID19, they are enjoying the new opportunity immensely

Their credentials are impeccable: Martin comes from a retail background very successfully managing the St Helena Bay Spar for the past 6 years, and Ryan and Marius hail from a corporate background, mostly contact centre outsourcing in the banking, automotive, utilities and wine & spirits industries.

“All three of us are very hands on, we want to get to know our customers and look forward to making a positive contribution to the local Swellendam community. “

Their vision for the store is to build on the success of Kosie and Mariette, taking the store into the future, and providing customers with a pleasurable shopping experience.  They regard the staff in the store as part of their family and see them as a critical part of the store’s continued success.

We are honoured to serve the community during these challenging times.

Marius, Ryan and Martin

7 Comments


  1. Ryan - Superspar Swellendam

    Hello Clive, thanks so much for your comment and I am sorry to hear that your shopping experience wasn’t what we would like it to be. We have taken over in COVID madness but hope to make some great improvements to the store. Please pop in and say hi when you are here again!

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  2. Maria

    Welcome to Swellendam. I’ve been a loyal Spar shopper for years. You are taking over from a very enthusiastic couple who, together with their staff, were always friendly, helpful and went out of their way to get what I wanted, if possible. Please follow in their footsteps- but I’m convinced you’ll do so. Anyhow I wish you and your staff the best‼️ Thanks for being there for us in these difficult times. STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE. kind regards Maria 😊

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    1. Ryan - Swellendam Superspar

      Hi Maria, thanks for your warm welcome and encouraging words! Yes we have big shoes to fill and doing so during COVID19 is not easy, but we’re up to the challenge! Thanks for your continued support! Please pop in and bump elbows when you’re in the store!
      Ryan

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  3. Val Glass

    Welcome to Swellendam. Wishing you a successful stay with us.
    Please can I ask you to keep giving us oldies the 5% discount that we receive every day of the week. And please keep all the existing staff who are so friendly and helpful. I love shopping at SPAR for both those reasons.

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  4. Specsavers Swellendam

    A big welcome to Swellendam. We have moved here almost four years ago and trust me it is the best town with the most amazing people. Trust you all will be very happy here. We will definitely keep supporting you.

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  5. Twiggy vd Merwe

    Welcome to Swellendam, looking fwd to meeting u in the store and best wishes in yr new venture

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    1. Ryan - Swellendam Superspar

      Hi Twiggy, thanks so much. Please pop in and say hi, thanks for supporting us!

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