Store identity is set to be revealed

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THE identity of the new store set to replace B&M Bargains in Fleetwood will be known within a month.

As B&M prepare to depart after failing to agree a new lease deal on the building, the firm set to move in will spend a thumping £750,000 on revamping the store’s interior.

The store, on Anchorage Road close to the Freeport Fleetwood site, is overseen by Freeport’s management company, Realm.

Realm director Dan Mason said: “We should be able to relase details in a month’s time.

“The incoming operator will invest significantly and put around £750,000 into the shop itself.”

The new store is also expected to bring more than the 30 jobs which will go with the closure of B&M on August 12.

Realm claim B&M would not commit long-term to the port premises.

But there was disappointment at B&M, who are now attempting to re-deploy some of their staff to their flagship Cleveleys store but are also looking for another Fleetwood site.

An internal memo sent to B&M staff from company bosses said they had attempted to secure the premises but were now looking for an alternative site.

It added: “We have also been exploring alternative premises in Fleetwood – and while there is one re-site possibility, it looks like it is some time away.”

Boss of B&M Simon Arora said: “B&M is disappointed to confirm the closure of its Fleetwood store on August 12.

“Its landlord has served notice on the company to vacate its premises as it has alternative plans for the property.”

The news comes after the announcement of three new shops at Freport itself in a £3m investment.