A crack team of recruitment specialists from Spar wholesaler AF Blakemore has enlisted 20 independents to trade under the Spar fascia in recent weeks, said retail director Elwyn Davies. Davies said: "We have firm commitments from about 20 retailers. Some of them were with Londis and Costcutter." Six people from the retail operations department were despatched to high transit locations in November to canvass door to door in a bid to enlist 50 independents by the end of the year. Blakemore has set itself the goal of opening 257 stores over the next five years. {{NEWS }}