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A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is one of the largest and most forward-thinking family-owned businesses in the UK.  The company, which began life in 1917 as a counter-service grocery store, has grown into a company that now employs more than 7,600 people with a turnover of circa £1.1 billion. 

A.F. Blakemore is the largest member of SPAR UK, which has a turnover of £3bn, and is a member of SPAR International, which operates 12,000 stores in 40 countries   A.F. Blakemore is also a member of the Unitas Wholesale group, the UK's largest food and drink wholesale buying group, with a turnover of £8bn


The A.F. Blakemore group consists of divisions spanning across the retail and wholesale sectors:  

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Blakemore Retail is the UK's leading privately owned multiple convenience store operator and manages A.F. Blakemore’s 276 company-owned SPAR stores and chain of 21 Philpotts prepared-food stores Blakemore Trade Partners is a trading, marketing and sales support function for the 950+ SPAR stores across the Meridian & Welsh Guild, SPAR UK’s largest guild of retailers
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Blakemore Design & Shopfitting specialises in bespoke, innovative and modern store design and refurbishment solutions for convenience retailers Blakemore Logistics is the food distribution operation that supplies the SPAR stores across the Meridian & Welsh Guild and supports the wider A.F. Blakemore group
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Blakemore Wholesale Distribution is a leading delivered wholesaler, providing retailers, vending operators and wholesalers with bespoke distribution solutions Blakemore Foodservice is one of the UK's largest suppliers of catering products to schools, local authorities, public houses, restaurant chains and the leisure industry
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Blakemore Fresh Foods is an international meat trading, wholesaling and manufacturing operation that supplies the retail, food service and wholesale sectors Blakemore Fine Foods is a purveyor of speciality and fine food products, serving farm shops, delis, cafes, restaurants, hotels, garden centres and convenience stores