Appleby Westward, the Spar distributor for the South West, has completed the acquisition of the Gillett’s (Callington) convenience store chain.

Appleby acquired the business for an undisclosed sum and plans to operate Gillett’s 63 Spar stores, located throughout Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, as company-owned stores.

Mike Boardman, managing director of Appleby Westward, said: “We are delighted to have concluded the acquisition of this very robust family business with its excellent platform of very well-run Spar stores.”

Alan Cookson, director of Gillett’s (Callington) Limited, said: “This is a very good deal for both parties. We have worked successfully in partnership with Appleby Westward since our business was founded 32 years ago and we are especially pleased that the stores will remain part of the Spar network.”