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12-year-old Local Hero Helps Open New B&M Ashington Store

21 April 2016

B&M were proud to open a new store in Ashington on Thursday, a day filled with store openings.

The B&M Homestore & Garden Centre has replaced the former B&Q on Freeman Way, a perfect location for eager customers.

More than 60 new jobs have been created for local people, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

Visitors to the store will be able to browse the retailer’s wide range of groceries and household items, alongside an expanded selection of toys, electricals, DIY and furniture.

Keen gardeners will also be able to take advantage of B&M’s great summer & garden ranges, including solar lights, turf, plants and garden electricals.

Representatives from George’s Journey, were invited along to help open the store as part of B&M’s Local Hero campaign - given to a charity or individual who has made an impact in their community.

They are campaigning for George Pegg, 12, who at the age of three was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a condition which causes muscle weakness.

George will be doing a sponsored quad bike ride for Muscle Dystrophy UK, and has already raised over £2,000 for the charity.

In addition to cutting the ribbon at the store’s opening, the family were also given £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part in the celebrations.

Ashington is the third store to open today, with store’s opening in both Slough and Armthorpe – as the variety retailer continues to prove its growth throughout the UK.

Emma Leach, store manager at B&M Ashington, said: ”We’re feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and we hope that customers are delighted with their new store.

“We have been extremely excited to get the doors open and finally welcome our new customers through the doors.”

The opening day fun didn’t stop on Thursday, with a face painter and B&M’s exciting new game show both helping to create a memorable day on Saturday.