Spar parent company Blakemore Retail has bought seven My Local stores after the ailing c-store chain fell into administration last month.

Spar is investing in its distribution operations to increase sales of own label products

Spar store

Spar has bought seven My Local stores

The convenience retailer, with 295 Spar stores nationwide, has acquired shops in Rhyl, Staffordshire, Cardiff, Chatham, Lambeth and two in Essex, just a fortnight after My Local went into administration, putting 1,658 jobs at risk.

Blakemore Retail managing director Geoff Hallam said: “I am confident the seven new stores will prove to be a fantastic addition to the business and I am delighted to welcome the staff and management teams.”

The acquisition comes the day after convenience retailer McColl’s agreed a deal to acquire 298 convenience stores from the Co-operative Group for £117m in cash. McColl’s chief executive Jonathan Miller branded the deal “transformational” for the group, which currently operates around 933 McColl’s-branded convenience stores in the UK.

Last week, the Co-op also snapped up six My Local stores in Croydon, Nottingham, Widnes, Blackpool, Stockport and Steeton.

My Local appointed KPMG to handle the administration of the 125 store chain following a period of tough trading.