The new B&M stores will be opening in former Wilko stores in Worthing and Thamesmead – overall another nine new B&M stores will be opening across the country before the end of February
B&M has confirmed the opening of two more brand new stores in the coming few weeks.
The new stores will be opening in Worthing and Thamesmead in London. The worthing store has been confirmed to be opening on Wednesday, February 21 and is based in the Guildbourne Centre in the 20,968sqft. old Wilko site. The new Worthing opening will create 75 jobs in the area.
The new London store will also be located in the old 20,802sqft Wilko site at Cannon Retail Park and is set to open a day later on February 22. The new store is set to create 50 to 55 new jobs for the local area. B&M says customers will find a wide variety of branded groceries across food, drink, pet food, health and beauty products, homeware, electricals, DIY essentials, toys, and games in both new stores.
Each site chose a local charity which deserved to be highlighted at the openings with the Worthing store choosing the charity Turning Tides which provides services for homeless people in West Sussex. The London store chose the charity Listening Ears which works to diminish the shadows of isolation and loneliness.
Both stores open to the public for the first time at 8am with the Worthing’s store opening featuring Love Island’s Amy Hart who is local to the area. On the opening of the new store, Amy said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be invited to open the brand-new B&M store in my wonderful hometown. Worthing has been wanting a B&M for years, and I know the locals will be over the moon about the store opening.”
In its recent financial update the popular high street discount chain said it was on track to open 45 new stores in the UK this financial year – and planned to open a similar number next year. Overall, B&M has around 700 stores in the UK. A lot of the new B&M stores will be in former Wilko sites which the retailer bought from the retailer in September last year when it fell into administration – overall B&M bought 51 old Wilko sites.
Full list of new B&M stores opening soon
- Harrow, London – February 10
- Clowne, Chesterfield – February 17 (Former Wilko store)
- Arnold, Nottinghamshire – February 21
- Guildbourne Centre, Worthing – February 21 (Former Wilko store)
- Castle Douglas, Scotland – February 22
- Thamesmead, London- February 22 (Former Wilko store)
- Beaumont Lays, Leicester – February 23
- New Cross Gate, London – February 24
- Gunness, North Lincolnshire – February 24