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Local Charity Cuts Ribbon on B&M’s New Dunstable Store

17 April 2015

B&M’s new Home Store & Garden Centre in Dunstable was opened with help from a local charity, after an appeal for a Local Hero.

The new store, a former Homebase on Luton Road, has created a further 80 jobs in the area as part of B&M’s commitment to bringing employment to local people.

DADDS, Dunstable and District Sports, were nominated for the Local Hero award, given by B&M to a local person or cause who makes a real difference in the community.

The charity was joined at the opening by Mayor of Dunstable Councillor Terry Stock, who helped make special a landmark day for the variety retailer.

They will receive £250 worth of store vouchers, as well as having the experience of cutting the ribbon on the new shop.

DADDS is a voluntary organisation which was set up in 1995 to provide sporting opportunities for people with any disability; including badminton, boccia, new age kurling, basketball, swimming and the use of Harpers Gym.

The charities main aim is to encourage the development of people with physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties by offering them a programme of leisure activities.

The Home Store & Garden Centre will sell products which are not usually found in B&M’s Bargain stores, including homeware, garden equipment and soft furnishings.

B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing retailers, with its new Dunstable store one of over 400 others across the country.

Lucy Ilic, store manager at B&M Dunstable 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 Dunstable.

“We don’t judge by age or the type of support, we just wanted someone who goes that extra mile and who we can give something back to for a change”.