Blakemore Trade Partners has revealed that it recorded its best ever set of recruitment figures in 2015/16, with net growth of 140 stores.
Over the course of the year ending in April 2016, the business welcomed more than 200 new stores to its independent SPAR estate, eclipsing the 89 stores that it recruited in 2014/15.
Blakemore Trade Partners Development Director Louis Drake commented: “These excellent results are testament to the strength of Blakemore Trade Partners and the SPAR brand.
“We believe that retailers are moving from their current suppliers because of SPAR’s award-winning reputation, our innovative new store formats and flexible trading solutions, and the extensive support package that the A.F. Blakemore Group can offer businesses.
“This has resulted in us gaining new customers and accounts, with a very strong pipeline of new business for the current financial year.”
The 2015/16 year saw Blakemore Trade Partners begin several significant national agreements with multisite operators, including Euro Garages, Roadchef and Rontec.
The group added that retailer recruitment for its new 2016/17 financial year had already got off to a strong start, with another 16 stores due to open across A.F. Blakemore’s independent SPAR estate.