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Blakemore Retail Opens New Store in Broughton Astley

October 15, 2021

Blakemore Retail opens a new SPAR store in the village of Broughton Astley, Leicestershire

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SPAR Luxury All Butter Mince Pies Voted Best in UK

October 04, 2021

The UK’s number one mince pie is only available at SPAR stores

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Blakemore Retail to Host Big Bank Holiday Fundraiser for NSPCC

August 20, 2021

Blakemore Retail colleagues are set to go on a fundraising drive for the NSPCC this August bank holiday with their annual PANTS Weekend

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SPAR Stores Across Wales to Celebrate Welsh Food Fortnight

July 23, 2021

SPAR stores across Wales will be taking part in a Welsh Food Fortnight campaign next month

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Blakemore Retail Reaches £4 Million Fundraising Milestone for NSPCC

July 23, 2021

Blakemore Retail reaches a £4 million fundraising milestone for the NSPCC through its 16-year partnership with the charity

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Blakemore Retail Teams Up with NSPCC for Home or Out Alone Campaign

July 09, 2021

Blakemore Retail teams up with the NSPCC to help parents decide if their children are ready to stay home or go out alone

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Blakemore Retail Launches First SPAR Market Store

June 24, 2021

Blakemore Retail relaunches its store in Bala under the SPAR Market fascia following a complete refurbishment

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Blakemore Retail Birthday Parties Raise More Than £35,000 for NSPCC

June 11, 2021

Blakemore Retail raises £35,212 for the NSPCC by hosting 16th birthday parties across its SPAR estate to celebrate the start of its 16th year of partnership with the charity

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SPAR UK Conference 2021: The Future of Convenience is with SPAR

May 27, 2021

The SPAR symbol group is determined to maintain its lead in the convenience market by investing £125 million in the business over the next 12 months

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Colleagues Celebrate GroceryAid Awareness Day

March 05, 2021

Colleagues across A.F. Blakemore help the company raise awareness of GroceryAid as it marks GroceryAid Awareness Day

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Blakemore Retail Helps Fund NSPCC Virtual Assembly with Ant and Dec

March 04, 2021

Blakemore Retail’s fundraising for the NSPCC helps the charity to hold a special virtual assembly to talk to children about mental health in the pandemic

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Blakemore Retail Extends Partnership with Too Good To Go to 275 Stores

February 24, 2021

Blakemore Retail signs up all 275 of its SPAR convenience stores to the Too Good To Go app

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Store Manager Linda Carrington Receives New Year Honour

December 31, 2020

SPAR Store Manager Linda Carrington receives a British Empire Medal in The Queen’s New Year Honours

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Shawbirch Store Relaunched after Major Refit

December 09, 2020

Blakemore Retail relaunches its Shawbirch store in Telford after carrying out a major refit

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SPAR Takes Top Prize for Luxury Mince Pies

October 15, 2020

The UK’s best mince pies are officially only available at SPAR

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Blakemore Retail Buy One, Get One for a Penny Campaign Now Live

September 17, 2020

​Blakemore Retail’s ‘Buy One, Get One for a Penny’ campaign is now live across its SPAR estate

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Blakemore Retail PANTS Day Raises £31,453

September 11, 2020

Blakemore Retail PANTS Weekend raises an incredible £31,453

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Blakemore Retail Recognises Top Fundraising Stores

September 08, 2020

Blakemore Retail recognises its top fundraising stores after raising more than £252,000 for the NSPCC during its last fundraising year

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Flagship Store in North Wales

August 24, 2020

Blakemore Retail launches a brand-new flagship SPAR store in Bodelwyddan, North Wales

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Non-uniform Weekend Raises £25,000 for NSPCC

July 29, 2020

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales raise £25,000 for the NSPCC with a ‘Dress Up or Dress Down’ fundraising weekend

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Blakemore Retail Trials Self-service Checkouts

July 23, 2020

Blakemore Retail is trialling three card-only self-service checkouts at its Bannerbrook store

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Blakemore Retail Invests in Delivery Vans to Meet Snappy Shopper Demand

June 25, 2020

Blakemore Retail invests in new delivery vans to keep up with demand for Snappy Shopper home deliveries

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AFB to Give Away £30,000 with Community Cashback Scheme

June 17, 2020

A.F. Blakemore launches a Community Cashback Grant scheme to thank groups who are there for vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis

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SPAR Removes 300 Tonnes of Plastic from Own-label Packaging in One Year

June 11, 2020

SPAR removes nearly 300 tonnes of virgin plastic from 53 own-label products

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SPAR Extends Shopping Support to National Charities

June 11, 2020

More than 700 SPAR stores in England and Wales sign up to support volunteers for three additional national charities in order to support more vulnerable people

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Blakemore Retail Launches Home Delivery Website

April 30, 2020

Blakemore Retail launches an online ordering website to make it easier for customers to browse products from SPAR stores offering home deliveries

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A.F. Blakemore Introduces Home Delivery for Most Vulnerable

April 23, 2020

A.F. Blakemore introduces home delivery to 165 of its company-owned stores to assist vulnerable customers in local communities

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A.F. Blakemore Colleagues Donate Over £25,000 During Coronavirus Crisis

April 21, 2020

Colleagues from across A.F. Blakemore donate more than £25,000 to local communities during the coronavirus crisis

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A.F. Blakemore Partners with Royal Voluntary Service

April 15, 2020

A.F. Blakemore partners with the Royal Voluntary Service to help vulnerable people and NHS workers during the coronavirus crisis

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SPAR Partners with Royal Voluntary Service

April 08, 2020

SPAR stores in England are to be the first convenience retailer to partner with Royal Voluntary Service on its NHS Volunteer Responders programme

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SPAR Meets Surge in Supply Demand

March 20, 2020

Thousands of SPAR stores around the UK are meeting exceptional customer demand by maintaining a high level of stock availability and service throughout the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Colleagues Praised for Outstanding Service in Coronavirus Crisis

March 19, 2020

Customers and SPAR retailers thank AFB colleagues for their commitment to outstanding customer service during the coronavirus outbreak

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Blakemore SPARs Shortlisted for Four Convenience Awards

March 12, 2020

Four independent and company-owned SPAR stores make the shortlist for the 2020 Convenience Awards

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SPAR Beddau Customer Wins Surprise Trip to Paris

March 06, 2020

Blakemore Retail whisks away two lucky customers to Paris

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Blakemore Retail Launches Standalone Greggs and Subway

March 04, 2020

Blakemore Retail launches its first standalone Greggs and Subway store as part of its strategy to expand retail spaces across the business

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Blakemore Retail Food Service Apprenticeships: Apply Now

February 28, 2020

Apply now for one of Blakemore Retail’s two new apprenticeships: Level 2 Food Service Team Member or Level 3 Food Service Supervisor

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A.F. Blakemore Partners with Disability Sport Wales

February 03, 2020

A.F. Blakemore becomes the National Community Partner of Disability Sport Wales

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2020 Starts with a Bang for SPAR UK

January 30, 2020

2020 starts with a bang for SPAR UK, with like-for-like Christmas retail sales up by 2.6% over the four weeks to 29 December 2019

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Blakemore Retail Trials Food Waste Fighting App

January 24, 2020

Blakemore Retail has become the latest convenience store retailer to trial the food waste fighting app Too Good to Go

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A.F. Blakemore Signs Up to Refill Campaign

December 04, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has become the first convenience retailer to join the Refill campaign to help reduce plastic waste

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Food Service Apprenticeships

December 03, 2019

Blakemore Retail is looking for enthusiastic, career-minded individuals with the potential to become managers, supervisors and team leaders of the future

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Charity Challenges Raise Hundreds for NSPCC

December 02, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues take part in challenges to fundraise for the NPSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Mark Purple Tuesday 2019

November 27, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues host purple-themed activities in-store to celebrate Purple Tuesday

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SPAR Spooktacular: the Best of Halloween 2019

October 31, 2019

A.F. Blakemore colleagues get into the spirit of Halloween with a whole host of spooky-themed celebrations

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Retail Volunteers Donate 256 Hours to DIY SOS Project

October 30, 2019

A team of Blakemore Retail colleagues has donated 256 hours to a DIY community project set to feature on the television next week

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Blakemore Retail Relocates SPAR Maerdy to New Site

October 28, 2019

Blakemore Retail relocates its Maerdy SPAR store to a brand new site on Maerdy Road

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Local Community Sport Hero Wins 2019 SPAR People’s Podium Award

October 21, 2019

​SPAR UK announces Ross Broadbent of Blacon Boxing Club as a regional winner of its People’s Podium initiative, designed to support community sport across the country

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Blakemore Retail Commits to Disability Training in Support of Purple Tuesday

October 21, 2019

Blakemore Retail SPAR employees will undertake online disability awareness training in support of Purple Tuesday

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Blakemore Retail Raises a Dino-mite £34,000 for NSPCC

October 02, 2019

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales have been on a fundraising drive for the NSPCC while raising awareness about keeping children safe from sexual abuse

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SPAR Bentley Relaunches at New Forecourt Site

September 06, 2019

Blakemore Retail relocates its Bentley SPAR store to a larger forecourt site in Walsall

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Blakemore Retail Celebrates Top NSPCC Fundraisers

August 30, 2019

Blakemore Retail recognises its top fundraising stores after announcing a record-breaking year of fundraising that generated more than £450,000 for the NSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Launches New SPAR at Burntwood

August 05, 2019

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new SPAR convenience store in Burntwood, Staffordshire

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Raise Record-breaking Total for NSPCC

July 31, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues celebrate a record-breaking year of fundraising after generating more than £450,000 for the NSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Achieves Investors in People Gold Accreditation

June 06, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s commitment to developing colleagues is recognised with the highly prestigious Investors in People Gold accolade

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Colleagues Go Western to Help Keep Children Safe Online

June 03, 2019

Colleagues based at Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales threw on their Stetsons and denim jeans to raise awareness and help fundraise for the NSPCC

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SPAR Presteigne Re-launches with New Extended Range

May 30, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s Presteigne SPAR store has re-launched with an added Daily Deli baguette range, extended chilled range and slush machine

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues ‘Survive the Wild’ and Raise Over £13,000 for NSPCC

May 24, 2019

Eight senior colleagues from Blakemore Retail take on a ‘Survive the Wild’ charity challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC

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SPAR UK Appoints Louise Hoste as New Managing Director

May 16, 2019

SPAR UK Ltd announces the appointment of Louise Hoste as its new Managing Director

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Senior Team to Take On Bear Grylls Challenge

April 30, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s Bear Grylls ‘Survive the Wild’ Executive Challenge is fast approaching and the senior team is now in your hands!

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Blakemore Retail Ball Fundraises £32,000 for NSPCC

April 16, 2019

Blakemore Retail raises £32,000 for the NSPCC at its third Charity Ball

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SPAR Bradley’s Lyndsay Howden-Smith Crowned Community Hero at Convenience Retail Awards

April 01, 2019

Blakemore Retail Store Supervisor Lyndsay Howden-Smith from SPAR Bradley, Grimsby, wins a national award for her contribution to the local community

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A.F. Blakemore Acquires Philpotts Store Chain

February 27, 2019

A.F. Blakemore has acquired the Philpotts chain of prepared-food stores, adding an additional 22 stores to the company’s retail estate

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues in a Spin to Raise Over £1,500 for NSPCC

February 15, 2019

Blakemore Retail colleagues take on the gruelling challenge of a spinathon to raise more than £1,500 for the NSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues’ Daring Deeds Raise Over £200k for NSPCC

January 28, 2019

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail SPAR stores went above and beyond during the latter half of 2018 to raise more than £200k for the children’s charity

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SPAR Brayford Wharf Relaunches with New Food-to-go Range

January 23, 2019

SPAR Brayford Wharf has undergone a significant transformation to introduce Blakemore Retail’s latest food-to-go offer

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SPAR Wrexham Relaunches with New Juice Bar

January 22, 2019

Blakemore Retail’s Wrexham SPAR store has re-launched with a new juice bar and upgraded Costa Coffee machine

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Blakemore Retail Praised for Disability Awareness Training

December 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail is recognised with an award for its innovative disability e-learning training by the charity Purple

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SPAR Droitwich Relaunched at Brand New Site

December 03, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Droitwich SPAR store relaunches with new Daily Deli food to go at a brand new location

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SPAR Greater Leys Relaunches with New Greggs Department

November 23, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Greater Leys SPAR store in Oxford reveals a new look after a considerable transformation

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Blakemore Retail Signs Up to Support UK’s First Accessible Shopping Day

October 10, 2018

More than 5,000 employees from across Blakemore Retail SPAR stores will undertake disability awareness training in support of the UK’s first accessible shopping day, Purple Tuesday (November 13).

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Insomnia Coffee Shop at Thurcroft

September 21, 2018

Blakemore Retail extends its Insomnia coffee offer by opening a brand new coffee shop at the location of its recently relaunched SPAR Thurcroft store in Rotherham

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Blakemore Retail Raises Child Safety Awareness and a Roarsome £52,000 for the NSPCC

September 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales have been on a bank holiday fundraising drive for the NSPCC while at the same time raising awareness about how parents can keep their children safe from sexual abuse

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Blakemore SPARs Shortlisted for Forecourt Trader Awards

August 13, 2018

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have once again received notable recognition on this year’s Forecourt Trader Awards shortlist

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Retail Industry Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced

August 02, 2018

SPAR retailers represent a third of the finalists announced on the Retail Industry Awards shortlist

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Receive Life-saving Training

May 31, 2018

Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies and Area Manager Donna Cooper join colleagues from SPAR Kidderminster to attend life-saving defibrillator training

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SPAR Melton Raises £1,500 to Install Defibrillator

May 30, 2018

Colleagues at SPAR Melton raise funds for a life-saving defibrillator with a series of Easter-themed fundraisers

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SPAR Bakewell Relaunches with Ice-cream Counter and Insomnia Coffee

May 29, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Bakewell SPAR store relaunches with serve-over ice-cream and fresh self-serve Insomnia coffee

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Help Feed Over 70 at Worcester Street Kitchen

April 27, 2018

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail join forces with the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal to serve up meals to some of Worcester’s most vulnerable people

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SPAR Thurcroft Re-launches at New Site

April 20, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Thurcroft SPAR store in Rotherham relaunches with a brand new Greggs

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Raise £1,112 for Derbyshire Hospice

January 30, 2018

Blakemore Retail colleagues from four stores in Derbyshire fundraise £1,112 for Ashgate Hospicecare

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British Athletics Unveil SPAR as Major Sponsor through to Tokyo 2020

January 18, 2018

British Athletics announce a three-year sponsorship deal with SPAR (UK) Ltd that will see the UK’s leading convenience store group offer wide-ranging support through to the end of 2020

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Worcestershire SPAR Stores Donate £15,000 Worth of Goods to Collection Appeals

December 20, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail collect more than £15,000 worth of goods for the homeless and vulnerable children

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A.F. Blakemore Awards 12 Good Causes £1,917 Heritage Grants

December 20, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has concluded its centenary year by awarding 12 good causes a grant of £1,917 through its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation

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SPAR UK Celebrates 60th Anniversary

October 20, 2017

SPAR UK has celebrated its 60th anniversary in style with a fantastical funfair and celebratory festival at Manchester Central

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SPAR Tenbury Wells Supports Worcestershire Homeless Appeal

October 19, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR Tenbury Wells has supported the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal by collecting and donating over 350 bottles of water from local residents.

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100th Anniversary Charity Birthday Party Raises £86,000 for Good Causes

September 29, 2017

On September 1st, colleagues across England and Wales took part in 300 celebratory events at stores and depots across the company’s trading area

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Store at Aldridge

July 01, 2017

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new SPAR convenience store in Walsall featuring a state-of-the-art Daily Deli food service counter

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Warboys SPAR Store Re-launched at New Site

June 06, 2017

Blakemore Retail has relocated its Warboys SPAR store to a new site.

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Llanharry Raise £2,000 for Life-saving Defibrillators

April 07, 2017

A Blakemore Retail SPAR store in Llanharry is saving lives by fundraising £2,000 for a Welsh heart charity.

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