Spar stores shut down due to suspected cyber attack

Spar stores across Lancashire and Yorkshire have been closed since December 5 due to an IT outage, according to reports from several branches.  

This comes after a suspected cyber-attack, causing a precautionary shut-down across the northern Spar network.

The website for James Hall and Co, Spar’s supplier for 600 stores, has also been down. 

The Ribchester branch, near Preston stated there was a “widespread IT failure across the entire Northern SPAR network” that could last for “10 minutes, 10 hours or 10 days.”  

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Various Spar stores in Hambleton and Whelley shared similar messages on social media, reassuring customers that IT would be working on a solution through the night.  

However, IT issues have not impacted stores that are run independently such as the village shop in Staindrop, Durham.  

“Spar has been subjected to a suspected Cyber attack meaning it is across the whole Spar Estate and not just our garage.  

“This is currently being investigated and will be back open as soon as we are able to.” Said Spar Aiskew store manager Alex Kettlewell. 

Currently, Spar stores across the North remain shut until further notice. 

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