This family-owned group owns and operates 288 Spar stores, and supplies groceries to more than 1,000 across England and Wales. Founded more than 100 years ago and led by Peter Blakemore, 75, the grandson of the founders, the Wolverhampton group has been refocusing operations to concentrate on retail, wholesale and fresh food service. In February, it bought the Philpotts chain of 22 prepared-food stores which were part of the Patisserie Valerie group.
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