Businesses see Arbroath as the place to be

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FORTUNE continues to smile on Arbroath’s economy with the announcement of the opening of two new stores, and a third unconfirmed.

After what seemed like a never-ending stream of closures and job losses in the town, things seem to be on the up for the local economy.

As work progresses apace on the new ASDA store, due to open in late November, other retailers are making a home for themselves in the town.

Home Bargains will open a store in the Abbeygate shopping centre tomorrow (Saturday) on the site of the old Co-op.

The company has invested approximately £500,000 redeveloping the premises for their needs, which will also create up to 30 jobs in the town.

The new outlet is expected to sell everything ranging from toys and sweets to electrical goods and fragrances at discount prices.

Home Bargain operations director Joe Morris said: “Home Bargains is excited to be opening this new store in Arbroath building further on the success across Scotland.

“Abbeygate Shopping Centre will be a great location for us. We’re thrilled to be in a position to offer local people even more top branded goods at exceptionally low prices!”

Home Bargains is a family owned company based in Liverpool which has around 250 stores nationwide and employs 7,000 staff.

Hungry Lichties will also be able to get their hands on the pies and pasties of High Street baker Greggs, which opens its doors on Saturday, September 3.

And further rumours about the new occupants of the former Focus store at the Westway Retail Park have been circulating in town this week.

The buzz is that B&M Bargains will open there in the near future and one informant stated that recruitment application forms are available locally.

We tried to put the point to the company’s chief executive, but he would not speak to us, instead sending an e-mail through his PA which stated: “Our CEO has asked me to confirm that he will let you have a press release in two weeks’ time.”

So although we have no concrete evidence, it does seem likely that B&M could be coming to Arbroath. Their web pages state that B&M was formed in 1976 and is now one of the leading variety retailers in the UK.

They go on: “From its first store in Blackpool, Lancashire, B&M has grown to over 230 stores and employs over 7,000 staff. B&M believe in selling top branded products at sensational prices. We attract over one million happy customers through our doors a week.”