Spar wholesaler Blakemore is encouraging members to keep up with the multiples with a series of mini study tours and a finance scheme to spur on store development. Ninety Blakemore retailers attended the first of 10 "model store days", visiting three North Wales stores to see how other members had reworked the convenience format using Spar's millennium store concept. Sales director Elywn Davies said: "It is imperative we look at what the multiples are offering. We may not be able to compete with them in some areas, but we are certainly measured by their standards." He said the stores show how to increase sales by reinvesting profit and focusing on the needs of the community. {{NEWS }}