Plans in pipeline for Corby’s ex-Focus store

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One of the UK’s fast-growing chain stores could open in Corby, creating jobs for the town, if plans are approved.

B & M Retail, which is based in Liverpool, has expressed an interest in taking over the empty Focus DIY store in Lloyds Road, in the town.

The company has submitted an application to Corby Council to vary the conditions of the existing planning application to allow a wider variety of goods to be sold from the premises.

Focus went into administration in May 2011 and the Corby store closed in June that year with the lose of 24 jobs. Since then the premises has stood empty.

Anne-Marie Klemis, of Westfields Road, Corby, said: “I hope the store opens up in Corby.

“It would give shoppers more choice and it would boost job prospects in the area.”

Ian Hodge, of Cottingham, said: “It’s excellent news. I hope the store comes to Corby.

“Any new jobs for the town would be a bonus, especially for young people. Everyone knows we have a high rate of youth unemployment.”

Corby councillor Eyusuf Chaudhury said he hoped the company would move to the town.

He said: “It would be a much-needed boost for the town and the Focus building has been standing empty for quite a time now.”

B&M was formed in 1978 and opened its first store in Blackpool, Lancashire. Since then it has grown to more than 330 store in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the company employs more than 10,000 staff nationwide.

The company says it believes in selling top-branded products at competitive prices and that it attracts more than two million customers through the doors of its stores every week.

B&M stores sell a wide variety of goods including garden and DIY items, furniture, electrical items, toys and games, clothing and camping gear.

The company acquired a number of former Kwik Save, Woolworth and Au Naturale stores around the country after they closed.