This business started life in 1917 when Arthur Blakemore opened a small store in Wolverhampton. Today, the company is primarily a groceries distributor, supplying more than 700 Spar stores across England and Wales and, through its Tates subsidiary, it also operates 210 of its own Spar stores. In addition, the group owns a wholesale business comprising nine cash-and-carry warehouses, a food service business, and a fresh-foods division that supplies meat and poultry. Sales increased to £816m in 2010, and in March this year the group acquired rival Spar wholesaler Capper & Co for about £40m. The deal will take the combined turnover of the two businesses above £1.1 billion. Peter Blakemore, a grandson of the founder, is managing director of the enlarged group.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank60
CompanyAF Blakemore & Son
ActivityFood distributor
LocationWest Midlands
Sales £m816
Profit £m16
Year endApr 10
Principal shareholdersBlakemore family (100%)
Staff5,449
Founded1917
Websitewww.afblakemore.com

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