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Local Community Group Delights in Opening B&M's New Towcester Store

28 May 2015

A local community group were “delighted” to open B&M’s new Towcester store on Thursday.

The new Home Store & Garden Centre has created 40 jobs for the local community, who will now benefit from B&M’s wide variety of branded and own label products.

Located at the former Homebase on Old Tiffield Road, customers can expect to find groceries and toiletries in the store, alongside an extensive non-food section including toys, home, electrical and gardening ranges.

As part of B&M’s Local Hero campaign, the Towcester Youth Coffee House were invited along to the grand opening to cut the ribbon.

Nominated by store colleagues, a B&M Local Hero can be an individual, group or charity which has made a significant impact on the local community.

In addition to the ribbon cutting, the group also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for opening the store.

Joining the group at the grand opening was the Mayor of Towcester, Councillor David Bain, who kindly accepted an invitation to be part of the opening ceremony.

The Coffee House was founded in 1995 as a drop in centre for children of secondary school age, in order for them to develop their physical and social skills.

All youngsters are welcome, regardless of disability, racial, religious, socio-economic or ethnic background – with aims to reduce the instance of anti-social behaviour and underage drinking.

Charlie Fagan, Chairman for the Towcester Youth Coffee House, was pleased at the group’s involvement in the opening event.

He said: “We are delighted to celebrate the opening of the new B&M Towcester store alongside the Mayor.

“We are grateful to the new colleagues for nominating the Coffee House and giving us the opportunity to further highlight the vital work we do in the community as well as raise the profile of our latest fundraising efforts.”

Charlie added: “The trustees of the Towcester Youth Coffee House are trying to raise £150,000 to renovate, remodel and expand the original Coffee House building.

“The renovation will enable the charity to treble the number of young people who can use the facility, provide more recreational facilities and a space that can be used for separate events, not only by the coffee house but also other organisations in Towcester.”

Representatives from the group were on hand to bag pack for the first B&M customers, as they raised further money for the renovation project.

Dan Callery, Area Manager for the East Midlands said: “B&M is committed to recruiting from the local area and I am delighted that we’ve found a great team from in and around Towcester.

“We’re really proud to have created 40 jobs across the town this year and hope to continue playing our part in the local community.”

Dan continued: “We are excited to have opened our doors today and honoured to have had representatives from the Towcester Youth Coffee House cut the ribbon alongside the Mayor to officially mark the opening of the new store.”