NATIONAL budget powerhouse B&M Homestores has this week confirmed it is taking over a prime out-of-town site from Homebase in Pasteur Road, Great Yarmouth.

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The company said it had had its eye on the town for at least two years and was delighted to be opening the large 30,000 sq ft store on December 1 creating over 30 new jobs.

B&M now trade from 300 stores compared to 20 stores only five years ago. In the last three years, it has been opening an average one new store every week. The company is now one of the UK’s largest retailers with two million shoppers per week. It employs 10,000 staff.

Carl Allen, operations director, said: “What is amazing about our growth is that is has been secured just through word of mouth. The secret to this is very simple – we sell branded products at discounted prices. The shopping public are obviously voting with their feet. We have been waiting for an opportunity in Great Yarmouth for two years, and are delighted to have secured this site.”

B&M sells a wide variety of 7,000 different products. It sells keenly discounted everyday essentials such as food, toiletries and household goods but it also has key strengths in soft furnishings, toys, home-wares and seasonal goods. The company has been recognised as one of the top 100 fastest growing private companies in the UK by the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 ranking.

The chain, whose nearest local presence until now was a newly-opened store in Lowestoft, has benefited from the recession.

Adding a branch in Great Yarmouth extends its march across East Anglia.

8 comments

  • Bye Bye Yarmouth town centre. Whatever will the town centre manager, manage now ?. Time to save some money and get rid of him.

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    "V"

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • Market Gates half empty, Market Place half empty, Town centre manager half empty headed. Out of town looking ok--what's his lame excuse this time. What about the empty Vergo shop, Dororthy Perkins shop that he said would be occupied soon--who by, a 2 month short lease Xmas crud shop no doubt.

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    Cynic

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • If the powers that be and the town centre manager had done their jobs properly, B&M could easily have taken over Co-opVerga store in the market place, probably asking for too much rent or wouldn't let B&M buy the building outright.

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    Spooky

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • It has to be said the town centre manager had made a real dogs dinner of the town!. Yarmouth is sadly on its knees.

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    Gorlmouth

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • Maybe B&M "could" have moved into the town centre, but doesn't mean they wanted to. I think they were specifically after this site, and were not after a town centre location - they wouldn't be short on choice if they were...... .

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    gy_bourne

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Looking at the B&M website gives you an insight to what they will be like and it seems that LIDL will have competition as it seems to be a great deal like them, with a few extra's that may or may not sell. So we will have two similiar shops next door to each other.

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    Spooky

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • Who gives the Town Centre Manager his job, it sounds to me like he needs to be replaced by someone who can bring life back to the town and who knows how to go about it, rather than sit in his office and let things muddle along. If the Council are his bosses, they need to get off their backsides and shift him somewhere else.

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    Spooky

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • It has to be said the town centre manager had made a real dogs dinner of the town!. Yarmouth is sadly on its knees.

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    Gorlmouth

    Friday, November 9, 2012

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