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Bargain outlet ready to open store at the old Mere Club site

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The new B & M store on Seamer Rd on the site of the former Mere Social Club.
Picture by Neil Silk
14/01/14

140344 Scenesetter The new B & M store on Seamer Rd on the site of the former Mere Social Club. Picture by Neil Silk 14/01/14

A fast-growing retail chain has confirmed it will open its first Scarborough store next month.

The ribbon on bargain outlet B&M will be cut in February, according to company bosses.

The store is being developed at the Gary Ledden-developed unit that was erected following the demolition of the Mere Social Club, which stood on the Seamer Road site for decades.

Plans for the site show car parking spaces for around 30 vehicles, and the shop will bring additional jobs to the town, although the company is yet to confirm how many staff it will employ.

However, a recruitment drive is expected to start in the very near future.

When B&M announced that it would be moving into the unit last October, the firm said it looked forward to being “an integral part of the local community in Scarborough”.

But while Scarborough’s Chamber of Trade said it was happy to see any investment come into the town, it said the decision for B&M to stay away from the town centre was “disappointing”, considering the large number of empty units in the town centre – and that the trend of out-of-town shopping was hurting the town centre.

And group chairman Janet Jefferson said she hoped that a long-sought after company, such as Primark, may have looked to move into the 10,00sqft unit while it remained vacant.

 

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