The former Managing Director (MD) of convenience store group Spar, Jerry Marwood, has this week been named the MD of Blakemore Trade Partners just two months after leaving his previous role.
Marwood joins a group that runs Spar’s independent store estate and one that was rebranded earlier this year after the merger of Blakemore’s Spar Distribution division and the Spar trading, marketing and sales functions of Capper & Co.
He will officially take on the new role in January 2012 and will replace Dennis Evans, who announced on Monday that he will be retiring in December in order to focus on running the Costa Coffee franchise he owns with his wife.
Evans was instrumental in overseeing the integration and subsequent success of Capper & Co into the group earlier this year.
Peter Blakemore, Chairman of Blakemore Trade Partners, said: “I would like to thank Dennis for his significant contribution to our Spar business.
“He leaves the business in a very strong position following the acquisition of Capper & Co last March. I wish him a long and happy retirement.”
Marwood told Retail Gazette in an exclusive interview earlier this year that he was leaving Spar after more than nine years because he was “keen to do something else” and had reached a stage in his career where he wanted a new challenge.
Moving to Blakemore does not represent a seismic change in direction for the experienced retailer, but there will be various challenges in bringing independent retailers together and ensuring they prosper in a growing convenience sector quickly being controlled by the UK’s major grocers.
“Jerry brings with him a wealth of experience in Spar, and I am delighted that he will take over as our new Managing Director,” Blakemore added.