This business started in 1917 when Arthur Blakemore opened a small store in Wolverhampton. Today the company has its headquarters in Willenhall in the West Midlands and owns 300 Spar stores, with plans to open another 100 by the end of 2014. The group also owns a wholesale business, a food service business and a fresh foods division. Sales increased to an annualised £895m in 2011. Last year the group acquired Capper & Co, a rival wholesaler, for £40m. Peter Blakemore, grandson of the founder, is managing director of the enlarged group.

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Company details
CompanyAF Blakemore & Son
ActivityFood distributor
LocationWest Midlands
Sales £m †895
Profit £m †17
Year endApr 11
Principal shareholdersBlakemore family (100%)

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* Supplied by company † Annualised figure