This group supplies groceries to more than 1,000 Spar shops in England and Wales, of which it owns 288. Led by Peter Blakemore, 74, the grandson of the founders, it celebrated its centenary last year. The Wolverhampton firm is in the process of selling or closing its 12 cash-and-carry stores.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank44
CompanyA.F. Blakemore & Son
ActivityRetail, wholesale and distribution
LocationWest Midlands
Sales £m1,300
Profit £m17
Year endApr 17
Principal shareholdersBlakemore family (100%)
Staff7,735
Founded1917
Websitewww.afblakemore.com

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