Two former Tyne Tees cash & carries bought by AF Blakemore have racked up record sales since their re-launch as Blakemore Wholesale depots.

Blakemore bought the depots in Gateshead and Middlesbrough in 2008 and revamped them with new lines for caterers.

On the day they were reopened the combined sales were almost £1m.

"The re-launch was amazingly well supported by local retailers and helped us achieve almost a week's business in one single day," said trading director Russell Grant. "The response from customers was tremendous."