Type Privately held company
|Number of locations 300|
Number of employees 8,000
|Industry Retail, wholesale and distribution|
Products Distribution, wholesale and retail of food and associated products
Headquarters Willenhall, United Kingdom
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is a food retail, wholesale and distribution company, established in 1917. A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is the largest SPAR distribution centre in the UK and also the leading member of the Landmark Wholesale group. The company's headquarters are in Willenhall, West Midlands, UK.
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd is divided into several subsidiaries with different emphases and goals:
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd was started in 1917 as a counter service grocery store by Arthur Blakemore and his wife. After early success, they branched into supplying other groceries, at first with bags and other provisions, later with products for resale.
Arthur Blakemore was followed by his son, Frank, who in turn was followed by his son, Peter Blakemore. The company is still privately owned by the family today.
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd was one of the first companies involved in symbol group trading in the 1950s and opened some of the very first cash & carry depots in the UK in the 1960s.