Blakemore Trade Partners Expanding University Portfolio

Blakemore Trade Partners has opened two new stores at the University of Nottingham with a view to growing its university-based estate.

The new SPAR stores, based on the University’s Jubilee Campus and University Park Campus, offer students an extensive convenience range alongside more conventional student products.

The sites, of 700 sq. ft. and 2,000 sq. ft., feature a selection of fresh produce, meal deals and food to go, including SPAR’s new Daily Deli food service concept. The group said that there are also carefully selected seasonal offers to help students maximise their budgets.


Blakemore Trade Partners Development Director Louis Drake commented: “Our aim was to create better value, more relevant stores for students. With SPAR being an international brand that is popular across the UK and abroad, we believe that the symbol group is the perfect partner for universities and their high volume of overseas students. We will now look to expand to further universities within the UK.

“The A.F. Blakemore Group is also in the unique position of being able to provide universities with a proposition that extends beyond retail and shop fitting services to complete wholesale and catering solutions.”

The two new stores are run by the University of Nottingham’s Students’ Union, with all profits generated by the sites reinvested into the work of the Students’ Union.