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Thursday, 20 November 2014

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40 jobs to be created in B&M expansion

FORTY jobs will be created with the expansion of B&M stores, in Whitehaven.

The firm’s current premises at Bridges Retail Park are being doubled in size as they move into the space previously occupied by Lidl.

The larger premises, which total over 21,000sq ft, will enable B&M to offer a broader variety of both branded and own label products including groceries and toiletries, says their spokesman Charles Du Pré, head of communications.

Besides its non-food lines in toys, home, soft furnishings and furniture it will also introduce wallpaper, paint and DIY ranges for the first time.

The B&M Home Store is planning to re-open on Saturday, August 23, at 9am and is currently searching for a local hero or charity representative to perform the official opening.

“Heroes or charities can be nominated by friends, family or work colleagues and could be someone who makes life better for people in the area, works hard for a particular cause or is renowned for their charity work.” said Mr Du Pré.

Lisa Hough, B&M’s manager at the Bridges retail park store, said: “We wanted a true VIP to officially open our new store and what better way than to ask customers to nominate those who make a real difference to people’s lives in and around Whitehaven.

“We’re not judging by age or the type of support, we just want someone who goes that extra mile and who we can give something back to for a change”.

The winner will receive £250 worth of vouchers to spend in store, as a thank you. Nominations are being accepted up to Friday, August 15, and can be e-mailed to communications@bmstores.co.uk or posted to Whitehaven Bridges Local Hero Search, B&M Retail Ltd, Dakota Drive, Estuary Commerce Park, Speke, Liverpool, L24 8RJ.

B&M, which has a second store, its first in Whitehaven, at Swingpump Lane, also has a presence at Wigton, Penrith and Carlisle. It was formed in 1978 with its first outlet in Blackpool and is now one of the leading variety retailers in the UK with 380 stores employing over 17,000 staff.

Lidl vacated its Whitehaven premises on the retail park back in January this year, after 12 years of trading, saying the company was committed to acquiring a new site in the town to accommodate a new, larger store.

Since then the German supermarket chain, which has 600 UK stores, has said it intends to build its largest UK store in Maryport, creating 30 jobs. It would be on land (owned by Allerdale Council) off Curzon Street, and a planning application will be submitted in September, following community consultation. A rugby pitch and two football pitches on the proposed development site would be repositioned.

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I would prefer to see another take away shop im getting sick of seeing budget stores.
This town really needs more charity shops along with take away shops to keep up with popular demand.

Posted by kebabflabs on 12 August 2014 at 13:18

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