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Southampton Shoppers Celebrate First B&M Store

29 July 2015

Southampton had cause for celebration after B&M opened its first store in the city today.

The launch of the B&M Bargains store has created 70 jobs, continuing B&M’s commitment to supporting local communities.

Based at the former Comet on Millbrook Road West, the new store will contain a wide variety of branded and own label products including groceries and toiletries.

B&M store colleagues invited along representatives from the Rainbow Project as B&M’s Local Hero for the day.

A local hero can be an organisation or individual who has made an important contribution to their local community.

The representatives cut the ribbon and were also awarded £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for their hard work.

The Rainbow Project supports disadvantaged young people through mentoring and supported employment placements.

Its ethos is about empowering young people to take control of their lives and change their future – with the charity’s mission being the prevention of homelessness.

Maria Burgess, the charity’s Assistant Project Manager, said: “We are thrilled that B&M has chosen to support the Rainbow Project and our young people within the community.

“We are delighted to be working with them.”

The charity’s representatives were joined by the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Linda Norris, who also kindly accepted B&M’s invitation to be a part of this landmark day.

Tim Adams, store manager at B&M Southampton Millbrook, said: “B&M is committed to recruiting from the local area and we are delighted that we’ve found a great team from in and around Southampton.

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

Tim added, “We have been excited to get the doors open for a long time and are honoured to have representatives from The Rainbow Project alongside the mayor cutting the ribbon to officially mark the opening of our new store.”

Shoppers at the store were also treated to the appearance of a face painter, helping to turn the event into a memorable one.