This is the new B&M Home Store with Garden Centre in Kingsway which has been built and is now being fitted out ready to welcome customers next week.
It is just over a year since work on the store started in October 2019 after planning permission was given by Gloucester City Council.
And on Tuesday, November 17 it will open as the ‘anchor tenant’ for Kingsway Retail & Leisure Park, in Newhaven Road, in Quedgeley.
B&M, just like Wilko and The Range, B&Q, has been classified as an essential trader and has stayed open during the second lockdown, along with supermarkets and chemists.
Restaurants, pubs, leisure centres and other leisure activities have all closed, with the lockdown due to end on December 2.
Developed by Robert Hitchins Ltd on a three-acre brownfield site, the retail centre site which has the new B&M also has a Pure Gym and 205 parking spaces.
Michael Plimmer, senior development manager for Robert Hitchins Ltd, said: “We’re pleased to bring a well-known national name to Kingsway.
“The Kingsway Retail & Leisure Park scheme not only regenerates a site which has been empty for more than a decade, it also brings more retail and leisure facilities to the growing population of Kingsway, creating economic investment and 60 local jobs.
“It is fantastic to see our anchor tenant B&M preparing to open its doors to the public so soon after practical completion of the development.”
B&M, formed in 1978, employs more than 28,000 staff in 660 stores all over the UK.
Kingsway has emerged on the site of the former 340-acre RAF Quedgeley.
The original masterplan included 3,300 homes, a 40-acre employment site, community and leisure facilities, retail, sports area and primary school.
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Robert Hitchins, based at Boddington, Gloucestershire is a leading property developers and investors in the South West and South Wales.
It deals with the full development process from site acquisition and planning through to development and investment.
Last month, B&M advertised for customer retail assistants, shop floor supervisors, and shop floor managers in Quedgeley.
The job advert for a customer service assistant read: “New Store Opening! We are currently recruiting for Full & Part Time Customer Service Assistants to join our new team in Kingsway Business Park, Quedgeley.
“This is a brand new store and we are looking for colleagues to join the team on a permanent basis. There are multiple contracts available varying between 16-20 hours.
“There will be shifts to suit almost everyone, although being flexible with your working pattern will be essential, especially for the larger contracts.”