Customers were given the royal treatment for the official opening of the new B&M store in Wellingborough.
An archway of orange and blue balloons welcomed them in after the ribbon cutting for the new shop today (Thursday).
It has opened in the former Homebase store at Victoria Park, next to Tesco, in Wellingborough and many staff from the old store have been taken on by B&M, which now employs 78 people there.
Store manager Shaun Nightingale said: “We have retained a lot of the Homebase staff that were here previously and that’s fantastic.
“What I love is that we emply 78 people at a store that could potentially have been empty.
“Two weeks ago this was a shell after the contractors had modified it to B&M.
I am hoping it will be a very successful store for the area.Store manager Shaun Nightingale
“We have built the racking and put all the stock on the shelves.
“It’s a team effort, it’s been a huge operation from 16 days ago when we walked in to how it is today.
“I am hoping it will be a very successful store for the area.
“This is one of the biggest in the area.”
Shaun praised his team for their efforts to get the store ready for its official opening, which was carried out by Chelsea’s Angels.
B&M asked customers to nominate those who make a real difference to people’s lives in and around Wellingborough and the charity, which supports children with childhood cancer neuroblastoma, had numerous nominations.
Chelsea’s mum Emma Knighton and Michelle Tomkins helped open the store at 9am before setting up their stall in the shop entrance.
They also received £250 of B&M vouchers, which they are going to spend on items for the care packs they provide for children in hospital.
Chelsea’s Angels will be there throughout the day, with a tombola, information about the charity and a trolley which they are hoping customers will help them fill up with items for the care packs.
Emma said: “It is nice to be recognised.”
Michelle added: “It’s lovely that people took the time to nominate us.
“Each care pack costs £10 so the vouchers will help us provide 25 packs.
“The care packs are funded by our charity so this will help us get items for them.”
Wellingborough mayor Jim Bass was also invited to the official opening with wife Edwina.
He said: “I think it’s great, it’s a breath of fresh air.
“We have been in this store many times when it was Homebase and I can hardly believe it is the same store.
“The B&M group is growing like crazy and the investment is clearly high here.
“I am looking forward to it, Wellingborough needs these sort of places.”
B&M was formed in 1978 and sells a variety of items, including toys and games, furniture, homeware, electrical goods, items for the garden, food and drink, as well as clothing and footwear.
The Wellingborough store will be open 9am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 9pm on Friday, 9am to 7pm on Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday.