Bigger & Better Wakefield Store Reopens
An improved B&M store in Wakefield has reopened bigger and better after temporary closure - 11 years after it was due to close for good.
The Home Store on Ings Road closed its doors to the public in September in order to undergo a major expansion and full refurbishment.
The store was only supposed to trade for 18 months when it originally opened in 2005. But such has been its success and popularity with local shoppers that B&M Wakefield is now celebrating a bigger and better store, more than a decade later.
The expansion takes the store into the neighbouring retail unit and has increased sales floor space by 40%. Its growth means the B&M Wakefield store will be able to offer a bigger range of products, from homeware and toiletries to grocery and electrical.
Refurbishment has also provided a welcome boost to local employment, with an additional 20 permanent roles and 12 Christmas temp jobs created as a result.
And with the finishing touches added and last shelves fully stocked, the store re-opened on Saturday with the help of some very special guests.
The Well Women Centre Wakefield was invited by store staff to take part in the opening ceremony, receiving a donation in the form of £250 worth of B&M vouchers.
The charity provides support and well-being services to women in the Wakefield area, such as counselling and self-development courses.
Mayor of Wakefield Council, Councillor Harry Ellis was also in attendance to cut the ribbon and officially declare the store ‘open’.
Store manager, Roger Mitchell, said: “The team from Well Women Wakefield really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for the community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.
“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”
He also commented: “The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open on Saturday and show customers their brand new B&M Wakefield.”