About Us

Build it is a voluntary group of independent retailers specialising in building materials and related hardware. It is a dynamic organisation boasting a market leading growth in the hardware and building materials industry. Build it is a division of the SPAR Group Limited (www.spar.co.za). 

Stores are currently based in urban and rural areas throughout Southern Africa. There are stores in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. There are plans in place to further expand into other African countries. The organisation currently has a membership of over 300 stores in Southern Africa, and employs approximately 8250 people. The stores are serviced by six regional offices, a central office and a distribution centre.

In 1984, with a membership of only 20, largely rural independent retailers, Build it launched in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Moving inland in the 1990’s, expansion was steady but slow until a decision was made in 2000 to take the group national. In the first five years numbers grew from 26 to 172 with market coverage including the whole of South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia & Lesotho.

Build its target market embraces all activity within the building and hardware industry, focussing particularly on the building of the basic urban house, the ‘township’ house, rural housing and all home improvements. This includes a product offering to service the upper LSM’s.

These focus areas include:

  • DIY (Do it yourself)

  • BIY (Build it yourself)

  • SME’S (Small and medium enterprises)

  • CONTRACTORS

We aim to provide a full solution to build a home from the foundations to the finishes.

Build it is also committed to the development of soccer at grass roots level with our Under 13 Soccer Programme. This programme is one of the biggest junior development programmes in the country and has become a recognised brand by key players in the soccer fraternity.