SPAR wholesaler A.F. Blakemore & Sons has bought four central London stores from Lord’s.

The stores with sales areas ranging from 800 to 2,500sq ft are located in the Haymarket, the Strand, Mayfair and Queensway.

Geoff Hallam, managing director of Tates said that Tates will run the stores as they are for a few weeks with refurbishment to Spar Millennium store standard planned for January.

Hallam continued: “This is a very exciting development for the team at Tates. Obviously it also represents a huge investment on behalf of A.F. Blakemore and demonstrates our determination to stay ahead of the game despite the current massive influx of investment into the convenience sector by the major multiples.”