SPAR UK : Merger of Two Giants

Published on: 2011-03-25
SPAR UK : Merger of Two Giants
A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd has acquired the business of fellow SPAR wholesaler Capper & Co Ltd, and will begin the process of merging the two organisations’ SPAR wholesale and retail operations.

West Midlands based A.F. Blakemore announced the purchase of the South Wales business 24th March. A.F. Blakemore’s 5,572 employees and the 2,418 employed by Capper & Co will forge a combined workforce of 7,990 people and create the largest SPAR wholesaler in the UK, serving 1,096 SPAR stores.

Capper & Co will trade as a separate division of A.F. Blakemore & Son, with Capper Chairman, Bill Capper and Managing Director, Robert Upton, joining the main A.F. 

Blakemore board of directors. A.F. Blakemore’s Group Managing Director, Peter Blakemore said: “This is a great opportunity to bring two long established, family-owned businesses together and allow us to move forward in the growing UK convenience store sector. A.F. Blakemore and Capper & Co are similar companies that already have a shared history and a common set of values. The two businesses currently operate in regions adjacent to each other and this will allow for many benefits to be realised, particularly in areas of trading and distribution.The SPAR organisation has been built upon the ethos of working together to achieve mutual benefit and this news represents a natural progression of this approach. Both companies will bring examples of best practice and the aim is to identify the best of both businesses to create one great organisation.”

Capper & Co Chairman, Bill Capper added: I believe that integration with A.F. Blakemore & Son is the right way forward for Capper & Co. It will strengthen SPAR in the UK and bring many opportunities and benefits to the business.”
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