Liverpool discount retailer B&M Bargains to create 200 jobs with new 500,000sq ft warehouse in Speke
Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool discount retail success story B&M Bargains is to expand – creating 200 new jobs in Speke.
The company won planning permission yesterday for a new 500,000sq ft distribution warehouse in Speke.
B&M already employs several hundred people at its warehouse and headquarters nearby.
The expansion at Liverpool International Business Park represents a £20m investment.
It comes as the Arora brothers – Simon, Bobby and Robin – are looking to sell a stake in the company which has sales approaching £1bn a year.
Planning committee chairman John McIntosh said: “This is a good news story – £20m investment and 200 jobs in the south of the city where people are crying out for jobs.”
But the plans have attracted opposition from residents in nearby Blackburne Street and Banks Road, which border on the site.
Liverpool council’s planning committee received 75 letters of objection and two petitions with more than 200 signatures objecting on a variety of grounds, including traffic and noise impacts.
Residents also complained that not enough consultation had been done by the council.
This was denied by the council which said it had gone further than the minimum it was required to do.
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