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Peter’s View

October 2018

PeterSince our announcement in April this year outlining the company’s decision to move away from the cash & carry sector, I can confirm that we have now closed the last of our cash & carry depots.

It has been a long process and great credit is due to all of our staff who conducted themselves in a professional and understanding way during a very difficult period, with special thanks to the many long serving members of staff who worked across our cash & carry estate.

At a time of rapid and significant change across the cash & carry sector, the business sold six of its depots to five buyers, and we are in discussions with potential purchasers who are seeking an alternative use of the remaining six premises.

Nearly half of those who worked across our cash & carry estate continue their employment with new owners. 

This project has been a massive task for everyone involved and I’m grateful to the whole team who have worked well together to achieve a huge restructuring of the business.

Our focus will now be upon investing further across the wider Blakemore business and delivering a strategy for the future to drive innovation within the retail, wholesale distribution and specialist food sectors.

Well done everyone.

 

Peter Blakemore

A.F. Blakemore & Son Chairman

October 4th 2018

 

 

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