Blakemore Retail has announced the purchase of seven My Local stores.

As Blakemore buys My Local stores in Rhyl, Rugeley, Essex, Cardiff, Chatham, Lambeth and Witham, they will operate under the Spar banner, with all My Local staff retained.

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

Blakemore’s acquisition comes a week after the Co-op said it would buy six outlets of the collapsed chain.

My Local launched last year and we were there to see the very beginning.