ST FRANCIS BAY (Eastern Cape) – The local SPAR in this seaside village has been almost as busy as the fairways at St Francis Links this week, where the Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour co-sanctioned SDC Championship is being played.
With 156 professional golfers in town, and a number of them South African professionals who love a braai at the end of their day, the grocery aisles have been a hive of activity as they’ve stocked up for the week.
And for many of the South African pros in particular, it’s felt a bit like a home away from home.
“We have a SPAR just across the road from where we live in Centurion and we’ve always loved shopping there,” said Brandon Stone.
“When we arrived in St Francis Bay we tested out the local SPAR’s lamb chops and they were fantastic. They also had some Flippen Lekka spice as well.”
Young star Casey Jarvis went straight for the one item he can’t do without any time he steps into a SPAR.
“I shop at SPAR a lot and I love their fruit. It’s always very good, especially the mangoes.”
And Shaun Norris was also in there to stock up on his favourite Spar items.
“I actually shop at Spar quite a bit. I’m always in there, especially for the biltong and dry wors.”
Even Finnish professional Sami Välimäki was delighted to see the Spar. “We used to have one in Finland where I live, but not anymore. They always had great meat,” he said.