After the loss of M&S and T&G, Whitley Bay gains B&M

B&M fascia

B&M fascia

Barely a day or two after writing about Whitley Bay Woolworths still being empty, I now read that it’s going to become a B&M Bargains store – and will open on Thursday.

Relatively little-known before 2009, Blackpool-based B&M Bargains is definitely one of the biggest beneficiaries of Woolworths’ demise, picking up more than 40 old Woolies shops to date, and seemingly having a knack for getting its new stores up and running in a matter of days.

As I’ve mentioned before, I do struggle a little to see B&M as a destination store. Perhaps I just find it difficult to see beyond the ghastly blue and orange fascia? Clearly, however, having a reopened shop is vastly preferable to a vacant unit, particularly when it brings 40 new retail jobs to Whitley Bay.

Perhaps even more importantly, it’s a vote of confidence in Whitley Bay town centre – and one that may hopefully encourage other retailers to follow.

4 Responses to “After the loss of M&S and T&G, Whitley Bay gains B&M”

  1. Paul Gill said:

    Nov 25, 09 at 09:44

    Hi Graham

    Nice to hear that WB shop fronts are being filled but I can’t imagine the residents of WB are much consoled by the loss of M&S with a B&M!


  2. Soult's Retail View» Blog Archive » One day – ten former Woolies – one tired blogger said:

    Dec 16, 09 at 21:24

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    Feb 25, 11 at 15:55

    [...] that would never normally have become available, including large units in Stockton town centre, Whitley Bay and Chester-le-Street and, most recently, a portion of the old Big W at Portrack Lane. B&M [...]

  4. Soult's Retail View » The Wo- of Woolies makes a brief comeback in Rhyl said:

    Mar 07, 11 at 23:52

    [...] As my George Rye example from August 2009 showed, fallen-off signs are often fun in revealing little bits of retail history that might otherwise be forgotten. In this particular case, the exposed Woolies sign reminds us of why B&M is succeeding where Woolies failed – by minimising its costs, and doing as little as necessary to get its new stores open and trading in record time. [...]

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