B&M launches bigger and better Weston-super-Mare store
26 March 2015
The expansion of a B&M store has led to an increase in employment in Weston-super-Mare.
One of the fastest growing retailers in the UK, B&M has created a further 25 jobs in the seaside town after securing the adjoining shop premises at the Gallagher Retail Park.
The Bargains store closed for 3 days while refurbishment work was carried out, but its transformation into a larger B&M Home store was complete in time for its grand reopening on Thursday.
Hundreds of shoppers were greeted by a variety of branded and own label products with the added promise of never before seen goods. The Home store will now include an extensive non-food section including home, furniture, DIY, paint and wallpaper ranges.
To help mark the occasion, local charity Crossroads Care Young Carers Service were chosen as B&M’s special VIP guests. The charity supports carers of all ages throughout North Somerset and according to their website, crossroadscaresw.org.uk they are “committed to providing high quality services and the highest standards of personal care”.
To mark the store’s completion, the charity was nominated by the store colleagues as a worthy winner of their Local Hero award: an organisation who makes a significant contribution to the community. The charity received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for opening the store.
Heidi Every, Young Carers Service Manager said: “We are delighted to accept the invitation to open the extended B&M store. Crossroads Young Carers Service supports over 300 young carers in North Somerset.
“Young carers take on extra responsibilities of caring for a family member; they do so without pay or recognition. Being a young carer can impact on all areas of a child’s life and we are here to offer support at difficult times.”
Representatives from Crossroads Care were joined by Mayor of Weston-super-Mare, Councillor Mrs Rosslyn Willis who accepted an invitation to be part of the opening ceremony and was on hand to cut the ribbon at the store’s reopening.
Michael Fogarty, store manager at B&M Weston-super-Mare said: “We’re really proud to have created another 25 jobs and continuing to play our part in the local community. We are honoured to have representatives from Crossroads Care cutting the ribbon alongside the mayor to officially mark the opening of our bigger and better store”.
Michael added: “We are delighted to play our part in the local community with a donation of vouchers to a very worthwhile cause. Having our colleagues choose the local charity themselves makes it extra special.”