One of the three largest Spar operators in Britain has increased its store portfolio to 24 with two recent acquisitions in Sidmouth and Sidford, Devon. Appleby Westward supplied Gilletts (Callington) is a family owned business with an annual turnover of over £19m and shops throughout Devon and Cornwall. With 24 stores it is playing catch up with 40 strong Botterill business in Scotland and snapping at the heels of the English 28 store Hunt empire. Director Mark Gillett said: "We acquire two stores a year, and plan to continue to grow at a steady rate over the next few years." "We are very selective in our choice of location and target the rural and small scale market which is growing towards its full potential. We understand what shoppers need from Spar." {{NEWS }}