A large new retail store opened its doors for the first time this morning (Saturday December 8) welcoming queuing customers.
Home Bargains, on Peck Way, was officially opened at 8:30am by the Mayor of Rushden, Councillor Marian Hollomon, and her Consort, Arthur Hollomon.
Mrs Hollomon cut the ribbon and told the Telegraph that she thought the store was fantastic and would be good for the town.
She added:” I’m absolutely amazed, it’s a fantastic looking store and it’s nice to see.
“When I walked in I was amazed. I thought that it would just be mainly homeware but it is a proper supermarket, just without the groceries.”
The store, based on the former Netto site, is expecting a busy day and the store manager thinks the store might bring shoppers back to Rushden.
Martin Arzu said: “ It’s a new and exciting time opening a new store. We are expecting a lot of interest from local residents and I think the day will be busy.
“Hopefully we can start to bring some customers back to Rushden and the town centre.
“We are hoping to have more stores in the near future in the local area. So hopefully, we can bring more life back to Rushden.”
The opening of the shop created up to 40 new jobs for the local area and Home Bargains invested approximately £500,000 in a new Rushden store.
Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains said that the company was excited to open the store and looks forward to meeting new customers.
He added: ”The 12,000sq ft store will give Rushden shoppers the chance to get their hands on the latest bargains, including a great selection of homewares. Home Bargains also stocks a range of other top branded goods at fantastic value, including health and beauty, household, sweets and snacks, home style and drinks.
“Peck Way will be a great location for us – we’re thrilled to be in a position to offer local people top branded goods at exceptionally low prices.”
It is the fifth Home Bargains store to open within 20 miles of Rushden, adding to the 280 across the UK. The chain also plans to open another 50 stores across the UK in the next 12 months.