Blakemore Trade Partners has opened two new stores at the University of Nottingham with a view to growing its university-based estate.
The new stores, based on the University’s Jubilee Campus and University Park Campus, offer students an extensive new convenience range that comprises healthy choices alongside more conventional student products.
The sites, of 700sq ft and 2,000sq ft, feature a selection of fresh produce, competitively priced meal deals and food to go, including Spar’s new Daily Deli food service concept. There are also carefully selected seasonal offers to help students maximise their budgets.
Blakemore Trade Partners’ development director, Louis Drake, said: “Our aim was to create better value, more relevant stores for students.
“With Spar being an international brand that is popular across the UK and abroad, we believe that the symbol group is the perfect partner for universities and their high volume of overseas students. We will now look to expand to further universities within the UK.
“The AF.Blakemore Group is also in the unique position of being able to provide universities with a proposition that extends beyond retail and shop fitting services to complete wholesale and catering solutions.”
The two new stores are run by the University of Nottingham’s Students’ Union, with all profits generated by the sites reinvested into the work of the Students’ Union.
Shops manager, Kristian Bennett, said: “We have seen a definite shift in the attitude of the student population over recent years, with increasing importance being placed on opportunities to stay healthy, as well as great value for money.
“We’re excited about the new partnership with Spar because it allows us to offer really great value, while also providing students with healthy alternatives that won’t break the bank.
“Since opening in mid-April, both sites have seen impressive sales growth – particularly the shop in the Portland Building on University Park, where week-in-week-out sales growth has been double-digit like-for-like. There has also been encouraging growth in our expanded chilled and fresh range, which Spar and AF Blakemore focus a large part of their retail offer on.
“The relationship thus far between ourselves and AF Blakemore has been fantastic, and we’re looking forward to many years ahead in partnership together to bring a branded retail offer to the students of the University of Nottingham.”
Blakemore Trade Partners currently trades with three universities, with further stores at the University of Essex and De Montfort University.