Blakemore Wholesale has announced the purchase of leading South Wales based wholesaler, BA Cash & Carry.
The acquisition consists of two large BA depots located in Cardiff and Swansea, boasting a turnover circa £93 million. The move establishes Blakemore Wholesale as the third largest company of its kind in the UK market with a combined turnover of £340 million.
Blakemore Wholesale Managing Director Sam Wilcox said: “This is a major acquisition for Blakemore Wholesale and comes soon after our purchase of three Lowries Wholesale depots, located in the North of England, last July.
“BA is another well-established family business and the purchase will strengthen our position within the wholesale sector, specifically across South Wales, following the purchase of Mogford’s Cash & Carry, in Newport, back in 2001
“BA is a highly regarded wholesaler, boasting two of the largest cash & carry depots in Wales along with a growing delivered retail and food service operation.
“Blakemore Wholesale is delighted with this acquisition and looks forward to working alongside the 180 people strong BA team to deliver an even greater level of service to our combined customer base.”
As a result of the purchase, Blakemore Wholesale has expanded its operation to 14 depots located across Wales, the West Midlands and the North of England.
Blakemore Wholesale is part of the A.F. Blakemore group, which began life in 1917, as a counter service grocery store in Wolverhampton and now employs more than 7,500 people with a turnover in excess of £1.1bn.
BA Cash & Carry was established in Cardiff in 1973 and has expanded numerous times in the past 40-years to cater for increasing customer numbers.
The Swansea branch was the largest cash & carry in Wales when it opened in 1991 and the Cardiff facility has long been regarded as one of the most modern depots in the UK following its re-launch in 1999.