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Blackburn Boosted by Third B&M Store

06 November 2015

Shoppers in Blackburn received a boost after the opening of B&M’s third store in the town on Friday.

The new B&M Home Store & Garden Centre is based at The Peel Centre and will provide B&M’s traditional variety of branded and own label products.

In addition to groceries and toiletries, the new store will also stock non-food items such as toys and electrical as well as a wide selection of gardening ranges.

The opening of Blackburn’s newest B&M has created a total of 70 jobs, following hot on the heels of the recent Mall Shopping Centre store opening.

The opening ceremony was attended by Jennifer Quinn and representatives from the East Lancashire Hospice, who were chosen as B&M’s Local Hero for the day.

The Local Hero award is given by B&M colleagues to an individual or organisation who has made an important contribution to their community.

In addition to cutting the ribbon on the new store, the hospice also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part in the opening day celebrations.

East Lancashire Hospice has provided a special way of caring for people suffering from life-limiting illnesses throughout Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Clitheroe for more than 30 years.

To continue to raise funds for their worthwhile cause, hospice representatives were in attendance to bag pack for the first lucky customers on Friday morning – extending their care-giving hands to more than their patients.

B&M was also proud to have the Mayor of Hyndburn Borough Council, Councillor Marlene Haworth, and Mayoress, Dorothy Berry at the opening to ensure the day was a memorable one for everyone involved.

Victoria Goodyear, store manager at B&M Blackburn Whitebirk said: “B&M is committed to recruiting from the local area and I am delighted we’ve found another great team from Blackburn.

“We’re really proud to have created another 70 jobs and to continue playing our part in the local community.”

She added: “We have been excited to get the doors open today and honoured to have the Mayor of Hyndburn alongside representatives from East Lancashire Hospice cutting the ribbon to officially mark the opening of our new store.”

The opening day fun didn’t end on Friday, with a face painter and Walkers giveaways on Saturday helping to keep the opening day celebrations going through the weekend.