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October 2019


I’m delighted that we have finally been able to open our new petrol filling station, next door to the original store at Bentley.

The store includes Greggs and Subway; both are proving very popular with old and new customers and we are really pleased with the sales increases.

It really is fantastic to have a flagship store so close to our head office.

I attended the Blakemore Retail Store of Excellence Awards Dinner recently, and it was great to see so many examples of the fantastic stores that Blakemore Retail operates and the recognition for the colleagues who work and manage them.

Some of the winners will win the trip of a lifetime to the SPAR Conference in South Africa.

Another of the highlights was the lifetime achievement award for Margaret Want who works at our Halesworth store.

She has completed 50 years’ service and during this period has raised a remarkable £40,000 for charity with her famous home-made cakes which are sold in the store.

I would also like to welcome two new colleagues to the company:

Sarah Yates – Customer Experience Director. Sarah brings a wealth of experience gained during her time with Sainsbury’s and Jaguar Land Rover.

Matthew Main – Matthew has joined the business to support the development rollout of new stores for Philpotts. He has vast experience in this sector.

We are pushing ahead with the strategy plans for the business.

It is really exciting to see so many opportunities to grow the business in existing areas and completely new ones.


Geoff Hallam
Group Managing Director for Operations

October 3rd 2019



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