A huge new discount shop in Kettering which has brought dozens of jobs to the area is to open its doors for business this week.
The B&M Home store – which sells goods including DIY items, furniture, electrical items, toys and clothing – will be open for business from Friday, November 8.
The store takes the place of the former Focus DIY shop on the Kettering Retail Park, off Pytchley Road.
The new outlet for Liverpool-based B&M comprises a 35,000 sq ft home store and a garden centre.
Paul Lipscombe, the store manager, said he was looking forward to the opening.
He added: “We’re really proud to be opening our first store in Kettering, creating more than 50 jobs and playing our part in the local community.
“We are excited to get the doors opens on Friday and have a team of colleagues who are willing to provide great value products and world class service to all our customers.”
Kettering Council executive member Cllr Michael Brown says he welcomed the opening of the new store, which he said was a vote of confidence in the Kettering economy.
He said: “Kettering borough has a good history of bucking the national trend when it comes to inward investment for both new businesses and overall business growth. It is great to see this is being recognised again by B&M and we welcome the additional 50 jobs they will bring to our borough.”
The creation of dozens of new jobs at the store has also been hailed by business bosses in the county.
“The creation of additional jobs in Kettering is a welcome boost for the town,” said Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Northamptonshire Chamber.
In September – the most recent month statistics are available for – the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Kettering borough fell to its lowest level in almost three years, and Mr Griffiths added: “The news is also a reflection of what businesses have told us in our quarterly economic survey for the third quarter of 2013 – they are recruiting.
“The chamber hopes the store will provide the basis for growth and lead to the opening of further new businesses in Kettering and beyond.”
Formed in 1978, B&M employs about 13,000 people and has more than 350 stores nationwide, including one in Lloyds Road, Corby.
The Corby store was another former Focus DIY premises which was taken over after the retailer entered administration in 2011. It was opened in June this year.
B&M also has branches of its Bargains store elsewhere in the area.
A further 80 jobs have been created in Kettering following the opening of a new McDonald’s restaurant in Northfield Avenue.
The ribbon was cut on Wednesday this week by the borough’s mayor, Cllr Keli Watts.
The new restaurant features equipment from the McDonald’s restaurants at the Olympic Park in London last year, which includes patio seating and kitchen equipment.