Blakemore sells Gateshead depot to United Wholesale Grocers

Convenience store operator, distributor and wholesaler, Blakemore is to sell its Gateshead depot to United Wholesale Grocers (UWG).

The Tyne and Wear depot will be the Scotland-based wholesaler's first cash and carry south of the border when it changes hands in June.

UWG managing director, Amaan Ramzan said, “At a time of consolidation and change in the sector, we have recognised the need to invest both in our business and the wholesale sector as a whole.'

Announced at Landmark’s annual conference in Alicante in Spain, the deal ends long-standing attempts by Blakemore to offload its entire wholesale operation as a single going concern.

Following this move, Blakemore is left with 11 remaining cash and carries, a 20% reduction compared to this time last year. The group consists of nine divisions spanning across the retail, wholesale, food service, logistics and shop fitting sectors.