A.F. Blakemore

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd
Private company
Industry Retail, wholesale and distribution
Founded 1917
Headquarters Willenhall, West Midlands, UK
Number of locations
Products Distribution, wholesale and retail of food and associated products
Number of employees
Divisions 9
Website afblakemore.com

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is a food retail, wholesale and distribution company, established in 1917. A.F. Blakemore is the largest SPAR distribution centre in the UK and also the leading member of the Landmark Wholesale group. The company's headquarters are in Willenhall, West Midlands, UK.


A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is divided into several subsidiaries with different emphases and goals:

Blakemore Retail is the UK's leading privately owned multiple convenience store operator and manages A.F. Blakemore’s 295 company-owned SPAR stores across England and Wales

Blakemore Trade Partners is a trading, marketing and sales support function for SPAR stores across the Meridian & Welsh Guild, SPAR UK’s largest guild of retailers

Blakemore Logistics is a sector-leading food distribution operation that supplies A.F. Blakemore’s 950 company-owned and independent SPAR sites across the Meridian & Welsh Guild

Blakemore Design & Shopfitting is A.F. Blakemore's shop fitting division, specialising in bespoke, innovative and modern store design and refurbishment solutions for convenience retailers

Blakemore Wholesale is the largest member of the Landmark Wholesale group and operates 14 cash & carry depots across England and Wales, serving 500+ Lifestyle Express and Apex retail club members

Blakemore Wholesale Distribution is a leading delivered wholesaler, providing retailers, vending operators and wholesalers across the UK and beyond 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

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 unique distribution operation set up especially to help small Great British speciality food producers get their products to market

Blakemore Creative Print is A.F. Blakemore's own professional print department, providing services for all A.F. Blakemore departments and stores as well as external businesses

Blakemore Property deals with site acquisition and development across A.F. Blakemore's trading area


A.F. Blakemore was started in 1917 as a counter service grocery store by Arthur Blakemore and his wife. After early success, they branched into supplying other groceries, at first with bags and other provisions, later with products for resale.

Arthur Blakemore was followed by his son, Frank, who in turn was followed by his son, Peter Blakemore. The company is still privately owned by the family today.

A.F. Blakemore was one of the first companies involved in symbol group trading in the 1950s and opened some of the very first cash & carry depots in the UK in the 1960s.

In spring 2011 A.F. Blakemore purchased Capper & Co., another regional distributor for SPAR.[1] As a result A.F. Blakemore acquired an additional 116 company-owned SPAR stores as well as the supply of a further 316 independently owned sites.

Recent years have also seen the expansion of the Blakemore Wholesale estate. In July 2013 A.F. Blakemore announced the purchase of three Lowries Wholesale depots in Killingworth, Hexham and Penrith, providing the business with access to a large number of additional catering and retail customers across North East England.

Then, in March 2014 the company announced the purchase of leading South Wales-based wholesaler BA Cash & Carry, consisting of two large depots located in Cardiff and Swansea. The move established Blakemore Wholesale as the third largest company of its kind in the UK market.


  1. ^ just-food.com (24 March 2011). "UK: A.F. Blakemore buys rival Spar wholesaler Capper & Co.". just-food.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 

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