B&M discount store promises jobs for Bodmin
BODMIN could be set for another jobs boost with variety discount chain B&M planning to open a store on Launceston Road, creating up to 75 full-time and part-time jobs.
The plans are part of Phase 2 of the multimillion-pound Callywith Retail Park which could bring more than 100 jobs to the town in all, and work on the store could begin in the summer if planners approve the scheme.
Work is almost complete on Phase 1 of the development, a KFC fast food outlet and car wash in a field next to the Callywith restaurant on Launceston Road, which is set to open in April, creating up to 30 jobs.
B&M says it wants to take on two-thirds (22,500 sq ft) of the remaining land and two additional retail units.
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The Liverpool-based chain sells items such as food, toys, fashion, homewares, DIY products, furniture and outdoor living products and has only one branch in Cornwall, in Saltash.
Damien Burley of Walker Developments in Newquay, the company behind the proposals, said: "We're now waiting for consent, which is at the behest of the planners.
"The new investment and jobs, along with the KFC development, can only be a good thing for Bodmin."
A B&M spokesman said: "We're very keen to open a store in Bodmin and are actively seeking opportunities to increase the number of B&M stores in Cornwall.
"We're proud to have recently opened our Saltash store in the county but as a growing business with 370 stores nationwide are always looking to expand further."
B&M employs nearly 15,000 people and is one of a number of discount retailers which have taken advantage of the opportunities presented by the financial crisis, benefiting from the demise of Woolworth's and Kwik Save by moving into those businesses' empty premises.
Former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy is now the chairman of B&M but its major growth spurt occurred under the ownership of the Arora brothers, Bobby, Robin and Simon, who took the chain from fewer than 20 shops to more than 350 today.