Discount store B&M takes over Burnham Morrisons site
retailer B&M has today CONFIRMED that it will be opening at
the former Morrisons supermarket site in Burnham-On-Sea.
spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com this afternoon: "We
are pleased to confirm that we have exchanged contracts with Morrisons
on their development in Pier Street."
"Were feeling really positive about the creation of
jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted
with their new store."
are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new
customers through the door."
news comes despite several denials of interest in the site from
B&M - the latest just this week - when a spokesman said it
was "not aware that we are looking at this site".
Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade spokesman said this evening: "We
are keen to work closely with B&M and while we are pleased
that a store here will create jobs and footfall in the town, we
are very concerned that a non-grocery store has the potential
to negatively impact other High Street traders in Burnham. We
will be discussing this with the firm and local authorities."
MP James Heappey said: "My reservations over the arrival
of a retailer like B&M in Burnham are well documented and
I remain very concerned. When deciding which lines to stock, I
hope that B&M will be sympathetic to what is already on offer
on the High Street and that they take the very first opportunity
to meet with local businesses so that their concerns can be allayed.
That said, the new store will bring new jobs and potentially new
shoppers to the town centre. With the deal done no matter
what my reservations I look forward to welcoming B&M
to the town."
Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds added: "I am pleased to
see Sedgemoor's prediction of a speedy reassignment has proven
correct and I hope that the staff laid off by Morrisons will be
front of the queue with B&M for new positions. Whilst this
trader will not be good news for everyone, I look forward to working
with the new store management for the benefit of the whole town
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