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B&M confirms plans to take on Llandudno's Homebase store

Homebase Llandudno

The discount retailer will spend £350,000 revamping the store on the Mostyn Champneys retail estate and will bring 80 jobs

B&M, the discount retailer, has said that it plans to take over the Homebase store in Llandudno and hopes to create around 80 jobs.

Homebase confirmed in December that its Llandudno store - which employs 40 people - was to close.

It followed an announcement in August 2014 that a period of consultation was starting for employees at the store on Mostyn Champneys retail park.

B&M also took over the closed down Homebase store in Holyhead. The discount store has submitted plans to take over the unit, ansd have asked for permission to increase the range of goods that can be sold from the location.

The company expects to bring 80 jobs to the store and will spend £350,000 on revamping the store.

The firm says they will guarantee job interviews for all current Homebase employees.

A spokesman said: "In total over 80 jobs, comprising a mixture of full and part time are expected to be created.

"It will boost the economy and given the nature of the scheme the majority of jobs will be secured by local people."

To enable the take over they want to add food and drink, toys, clothing and toiletries, to the goods that can be sold.

They have submitted an application with Conwy council.

Llandudno Cllr Ronnie Hughes said: "This is fantastic news, the last thing that we wanted there was an empty unit.

"This comes at a time when work is progressing well at the planned TK Maxx store so things are looking good for the retail estate.

"I am also pleased that B&M are offering interviews to the Homebase workers so it gives them a good chance of keeping their jobs."

Source : Owen Hughes

13 March 2015

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