By Connor Steel
FAREHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL have confirmed that B&M Stores have agreed a new deal to move into the former Argos building in Titchfield following discussions over recent months; the fresh store set to be opening before Christmas to become the brand’s 3rd trading branch locally after Newgate Lane and the Town Centre.
The building is located at 166 Southampton Road, Titchfield and has been vacant for approximately eighteen months; sitting opposite Dunelm and multiple local businesses. It offers the total of 40239 square foot in floor space and will allow B&M to introduce wider product ranges for all customers along with a big garden centre.
The brand has seen growth in its sales and become highly popular across the UK in recent years; employing 35000 members of staff to work in seven hundred stores nationwide. Popular sectors of trading include food, electrical, DIY, household, stationery and pet goods; all offering competitive prices and values for customers.
Councillors have announced that work is underway to refurbish this site and it should be open to the public in time for the Christmas period; the existing car park being available to use as normal. Once trading it is hoped that the new store will help boost the local economy and create further employment opportunity for residents.
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward, said following the announcement: “It is fantastic news that this vacant property is (soon) going to be leased to B&M. This new store, the third B&M in Fareham, will provide a range of roles for (local) residents which will also further improve our local economy.”
He continued to strike the optimistic tone, adding: “I am sure that it will prove to be extremely popular and we are very much hoping that it will be up and running in time for Christmas. This is (yet) another example of the Council’s commercial property portfolio (s) contributing to the local economy alongside providing incomes for the Council that enables us to deliver ‘excellent services’ for almost the lowest council tax rate (nationwide).”
A spokesperson from B&M Stores made a comment on behalf of this popular brand: “We’re feeling extremely positive about our new B&M store coming to Fareham and we hope that customers are going to be delighted with their new store. We’re already excited to get all the doors open and welcome our brand new customers.”
Readers can find out more information on the business by visiting this link, which also provides details on the variety of fellow local branches including Portsmouth and Farlington. Shoppers can further see what services are offered by each branch, whilst the interactive ‘store locater’ map and product deals are also visible for all.
PICTURED BY ALAMY (BHRH1T): A shop sign outside UK branch of B&M, with the brand due to add a third shop for Fareham as local council confirmed they will be moving into former Argos store building in Titchfield.