One of the UK’s fastest growing retailers will create 100 new jobs in Portsmouth after securing a new premises in Farlington.
B&M has taken over the old Homebase site and is currently putting the final touches to the store ahead of its opening this Saturday – October 3.
The company prides itself on providing a variety of branded and own-label products, ranging from groceries and toiletries, to toys, home, electrical and seasonal goods.
Staff members of B&M have invited volunteers from The Rowans Hospice along to cut the ribbon at the opening of the store, as the company’s selected charity.
As part of their support for the hospice, store manager Mel Walker has arranged for the firm to donate £250 worth of vouchers to The Rowans.
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas will also be in attendance at the opening of the store, and the council hopes it will help boost the city’s economy further.
Mel said that the company is determined to help people in the local area get back into employment or even take their first step on the career ladder with B&M.
She said: ‘I am delighted we’ve found a great team from in and around the Portsmouth area for the new store.
‘We’re really proud to be creating 100 jobs across the city this year and playing our part in the local community.’
B&M was formed in 1978 with the first store opening in Blackpool.
Now the company has more than 450 stores nationwide and currently employs 19,000 members of staff.
However, the site on Fitzherbert Road will be the first to open down here on the south coast.
Mel added that even the new recruits seem eager to see the new store open and are excited by the prospect of serving the people of Portsmouth.
After the successful purchase of the Portsmouth site, the firm is also looking to open a second Southern store in Bognor Regis, creating a further 65 jobs.
For more on B&M visit bmstores.co.uk.