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Peter’s View

April 2018


After so many years in the cash and carry business, it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce our decision to withdraw from our cash and carry operations.

An announcement was made earlier this week that we are going to sell all 12 depots as going concerns, and we are looking for new owners for each or all of the depots.

The company has decided that we need to concentrate on the remaining divisions where we command a bigger market share. This is a direct result of all of the changes that are taking place across the whole of the food and drink markets in both retail and wholesale.

I was personally involved in our first depot when it opened in 1962, helping to stack the shelves after school to get it ready for opening, so this decision has not been taken lightly.

I would like to thank the loyal and long serving members of staff that are working in our depots and I sincerely trust that we can ensure continued employment for them.

We intend to invest heavily in our Foodservice, Wholesale Distribution and SPAR operations together with the smaller divisions to enable us to continue to compete, grow and take advantage of all the change and consolidation we see happening around us.


Peter Blakemore

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Chairman

April 6th 2018 


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