Bestway agrees to buy two Blakemore depots

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Bestway Wholesale has exchanged contracts with A.F. Blakemore with a view to purchasing two of the company’s cash and carry depots.

The deal, subject to completion, includes the purchase of Blakemore’s 151,000sq ft depot in Cardiff, and its 76,000sq ft site in Walsall.

Bestway Wholesale managing director Martin Race said: “We’re very excited to add these two well-located and sizeable depots into our estate, and to welcome the employees into the Bestway family as our new colleagues. The addition of the Cardiff and Walsall depots will only make us stronger, enhancing our presence in these two key areas, and expanding our footprint and coverage in the UK.

“As a business, our mission is to be the ‘Best Way’ for customers to grow their food and drinks business and the purchase of these two depots will provide Bestway with the increased scale and reach to provide the best possible service to our customers, alongside our market-leading prices and promotions.”

Both depots will remain open and will continue to be run by A.F. Blakemore in the interim until the completion of the Bestway deal.

All 123 Blakemore depot staff have been informed of the decision and will be retained as part of the agreement. The deal is expected to be completed over the coming weeks.

Readers' comments (1)

  • From what I don't understand if you look at Bestway in Cardiff it is literally round the corner from Blakemore (3 mins walking distance)

    Why would they buy a Cash & Carry when they already have one in same location?

    It will be Bestway as they won't operate under another name.

    Its going to be too costly running both sites?

    Customers are not going to choose between one to go they will just go to one of the two, depending on where they been regular they'll most likely stick with same place if all prices and ranges are the same.

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