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Major UK SPAR distributor, AF Blakemore has announced significant new initiatives to upweight the food-to-go capability of its company-owned and independent partner stores; enhancing core cold ranges and launching two new hot concepts to increase daypart relevance.

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The regional SPAR wholesaler for the north of England, James Hall & Co, has launched a store on Lancaster University’s campus. Serving a range of student missions The store, which was previously an independently owned SPAR store since 1995, has been refurbished by James Hall & Co. Following the full store refurbishment, the store caters to a range of needs and missions. The range includ...
National symbol group retailer SPAR UK has announced the appointment of Lee Johnson as its Operations and Strategy Director.  Having joined the organization on 17 August, Lee Johnson now has responsibility for the group’s finance, governance, IT supply chain and strategic planning. Joined from Coty Lee Johnson has come to SPAR from the beauty and cosmetics business Coty (whose portfolio inc...
AF Blakemore, the midlands-based regional wholesaler and SPAR distributor has announced the acquisition of online vegan specialist retailer and wholesaler Vegan Store.  With its well-established vegan ranges across grocery, impulse and health and beauty categories, this addition to the Blakemore family of businesses brings a further dimension to its capability in sourcing and supplying innovative...

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30/10/2020
An essential summary of trading priorities, latest developments, and other key commercial insights for SPAR UK.
25/09/2020
Drawing on the IGD Convenience Retailing Survey 2020 (supplemented with data from the Retail Data Partnership) we put the numbers on sector performance in the first half of the year and share our projections for the full-year out-turn plus the outlook to 2022.
14/08/2019
Blakemore Retail has used this brownfield site to create a multi-brand retail, food-to-go and sit down destination for local residents and transient customers.
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