B&M to close multiple stores next month — is your local shop affected?

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B&M has already shut down five stores for good this year. Photo: PA/Alamy

B&M (BME.L) is closing stores up and down the country and relocating others as it joins the growing trend of high street closures.

The discount store is closing its Bishop Auckland branch in Country Durham on Friday 5 May.

The retailer said on its website: "Unfortunately your B&M Bishop Auckland store at 4 Saddler Street will CLOSE on Friday 5th May 2023. We'd like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this closure."

The nearest B&M store is two miles away in Shildon.

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It will also be closing the Burnden Retail Park store in Bolton near the end of May but shoppers will still be able to visit the store on Manchester Road nearby.

Elsewhere, B&M will close its Widnes store in Cheshire on 17 May before relocating it to a new site on 24 May.

"Your B&M Widnes store is moving from its current location at Bowers Retail Park to its new home at Widnes Trade Park (former The Range)," the company said

Here's a full list of all the B&M locations permanently closing this year plus those that have already closed:

  • Castlegate Shopping Centre, Stockton — 25 Feb CLOSED

  • Maesglas Retail Park, Newport, Wales — 4 March CLOSED

  • Boucher Road, Belfast — 26 March CLOSED

  • Queens Drive Retail Park, Kilmarnock — 26 March CLOSED

  • Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Bristol — 29 March CLOSED

  • Bishop Auckland, County Durham — 5 May CLOSING

  • Widnes, Cheshire — 17 May CLOSING

  • Burden Retail Park, Bolton — 24 May CLOSING

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But six stores will also be opening in coming months:

  • Leven — 29 April (re-launch following expansion)

  • Armagh — 5 May (re-launch following expansion)

  • Widnes — 24 May

  • Fforestfach (Swansea) — 26 May

  • Jarrow — 27 May (re-launch following refit)

  • Fazakerley — 31 May

The latest store openings and closures come after B&M scrapped the home delivery option on its main website in a blow for shoppers ordering bulky items online.

B&M has over 650 stores in the UK.

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