Appleby Westward Group is to close one of the three Eurospar stores it opened last year and is considering closing another because both have failed to turn a profit.

AWG Spar's wholesaler in the south-west of England said it will concentrate on opening Spar c-stores for the foreseeable future.

A 5,000 sq ft store in Minehead is to close and a consultation is under way about the future of a 6,000 sq ft store in Keynsham. An 8,000 sq ft Eurospar store in Liskeard is to remain trading, as is the only other company-owned store, a former Woolworths in Bridport, which was converted into a 3,000 sq ft Spar earlier this year.

"We are going to pull the plug on one and are consulting about the other," said AWG MD John Pattison. "We have not been able to get the volume position that makes it sustainable."

The Liskeard store would be relaunched next month with a fresh meat counter, he added.

The three Eurospar stores, all former Somerfield sites bought from The Co-operative Group, were the first to be owned by AWG as part of its new company-owned stores division and were the first Eurospars in the south of England.

"The Somerfield stores left towards the end of the process were the ones no one wanted to take," added Pattison, a former Somerfield director. "These were opportunistic buys for us and if you don't try, you never know. We are really pleased with the ex-Woolies in Bridport consumer feedback is strong and we will try to develop more of about that size."