This business started life in 1917 as a Wolverhampton convenience store. Today AF Blakemore is primarily a grocery distributor, supplying 700 Spar stores across England and Wales. Through its Tates subsidiary, acquired in 1994, the company also operates 200 of its own stores. Additionally, 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. Peter Blakemore, grandson of the founder, is managing director of the group. Sales increased to £710m in 2008.
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