Updated: July 1,
reactions as B&M confirms plans for new Burnham-On-Sea store
have been mixed reactions to the news that discount retailer B&M
has this week begun recruiting staff for its soon-to-open new
store in Burnham-On-Sea.
discount retailer is set to take over the Pier Street store that
was previously occupied by Morrisons until it shut down last November.
will employ around 50 staff in Burnham and has this week begun
advertising for a Store Manager and a Deputy Store Manager via
its website here.
has not yet stated when it will open in Burnham, but the recruitment
of senior staff is a sign that it is now definitely coming to
the town after months of uncertainty.
have been raised about the impact of B&M's store on existing
shops in Burnham, as we reported
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday evening:
"Local residents will remember that I had a great deal of
concern about the arrival of a discount retailer like B&M.
However, after speaking with them at some length about their offer
and after seeing the store left empty for too long, I am delighted
that they and Morrisons have now struck a deal and that their
store will open soon."
added: "After many increasingly angry phone calls with Morrisons
over their lack of progress, I am delighted that a deal has been
done, new jobs have been created and Burnham's town centre has
a major retailer back at the bottom of the High Street."
Chamber Of Trade & Commerce said it would welcome B&M,
but a spokesman added: "A number of Chamber members are concerned
about the goods B&M will sell and a replacement food store
might have been preferable, nevertheless footfall and jobs will
be generated by the opening and the town centre must seize the
Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds added: "It is a relief
to have the frustrations of the last seven months behind us and
movement forward finally underway. Having this large property
empty as we start the busy summer season is disappointing and
I know that traders in the town are very keen to have the new
tenant in open as soon as possible. I do not know what the impact
of the opening will be on our 88 retailers, but I know that they
are all keen to compete on service and choice."
to traders' concerns about the products it sells, B&M said:
"We offer a broad range of products across many commodity
groups which enables us to trade in all seasons. This helps us
to attract significant footfall all year round, attracting new
and existing customers to the town centre. In the main this will
be of huge benefit to the local traders and vitality."
to B&M's decision to take over Burnham's Morrisons store
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