A.F. Blakemore & Sons’ proposed plans to give the public access to two of its depots has left retailers worried about their trade. 

Staff at the wholesaler’s Gateshead warehouse told RN an application was submitted to Gateshead Council in December, requesting changes to its business licence which would allow it to serve the public. 

Employees at the Killingworth depot confirmed the plans, however they, alongside Gateshead Council, were unable to provide further detail. 

Roger Dhillon, of Lifestyle Express Southwick Superstore in Sunderland, shops at the Gateshead depot. He told RN: “I’m against this because I purchase 70% of my stock there. I could lose footfall if shoppers know they can get cheaper products.” 

A.F Blakemore & Sons was unable to provide comment as RN went to print.