AF Blakemore relaunches first owned Spar as new flagship store

AF Blakemore & Son has relocated its inaugural company-owned Spar store to a larger forecourt site in Bentley, Walsall, with a new Subway and Greggs.

The brand new 2,163 sqft Spar store has just been opened by the firm's Chairman Peter Blakemore and family members, Tom and Liz Blakemore. Peter Blakemore was joined by friend and ex-colleague Elwyn Davies, who he originally opened the store with in 1985.

The company first acquired the store in 1985 as a part of its retail division, and it formed a key part of the company’s support of Spar’s Eight Till Late concept.

The new Spar, which has created 18 jobs, is located next door to the original site, with an additional ten pump BP filling station, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It also features a Greggs and Subway - this is the 50th Subway to open in partnership with Blakemore Retail, and will be the first to operate 24 hours a day.

Blakemore Retail Managing Director, Matt Teague commented, “Bentley is a major investment for Blakemore Retail and will be the largest flagship store we open this year.

“Its trading characteristics reflect our store development strategy perfectly. The new store provides wider food choices to local residents with the addition of high-profile brands in Greggs and Subway.”