UK discount chain Home Bargains has announced plans to open a large new store in Rushden.
The company will open at the former Netto site in Higham Road on Saturday, December 8.
Supermarket giant Asda bought up all Netto’s 139 UK stores last year. At the time, Asda said the Netto shops would be turned into a new Asda express stores, similar to those already run by Tesco.
The company said it would most likely sell the Rushden site due to the proximity to the existing store. But the Telegraph understands the site was leased by Asda to Home Bargains last week. It is not clear yet how many jobs will be created by the move – more than 25 people were employed by Netto when it operated on the site.
A spokesman for Home Bargains confirmed it had taken on the lease and were hoping to open by December 8.
Marian Hollomon, town mayor and acting chairman of the town centre partnership, said: “Any new addition to Rushden’s shopping centre is good. Hopefully it will bring a lot more people into the town and it is good to get a national retailer. But I would understand if some of the traders are not happy.”
Marissa Fereday, owner of Sassy Bell in the High Street, said: “I think Home Bargains is a good addition, especially in this climate.
“I don’t think it will damage the High Street. I think it’s good to have a new national retailer in the town.”