Discount store to create 30 new jobs in Rawtenstall
4:00pm Saturday 18th August 2012 in News
THIRTY new jobs are to be created in Rawtenstall with the opening of a new discount store.
B&M Bargains is to open on the site of the empty Focus DIY shop in Bocholt Way on September 19.
The 27,000 sq ft unit has been let by owners K/S Scandinavian Property Investment to the retail chain on a 15 year lease.
Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce president David Gould said he was happy to see businesses ‘bucking the trend’ of decline in the retail market.
He said: “The bargain sector is one of the few that is growing at present. These guys seem like they know what they are doing and it’s certainly positive for the premesis and for employment.
“They must be confident to enter a market in which so many pieces of the pie are already taken.”
Council leader Alyson Barnes said it was ‘superb’ to hear of any new jobs created in the Valley.
She said: “It’s much better than a vacant building. I want the Valley to have something for everyone but we have to be careful we don’t have too many shops that offer the same thing.”
Planning permission was granted in February this year to allow the store to expand the amount of food it can sell.
The previous planning arrangements, which dated back to 1985, prevented the Focus store from trading in food or drinks.
A Rossendale Council report said: “The proposal is considered acceptable in principle and, subject to the conditions, will not detract from the vitality and viability of Rawtenstall town centre or its primary shopping area.”
Additional work must also be carried out on the unit’s 60-bay car park, with additional spaces for bicycles and motorbikes.
Carl Allen, operations director at B&M, added: “We have been waiting for an opportunity in Rawtenstall for two years, and are delighted to have secured this site.”
The Liverpool-based firm has previously opened in Focus’s former Burnley branch in Calverdale Road. The Rawtenstall unit has been vacant since it closed in May 2011.