B&M has announced it is to open a new store and garden centre at Crossflatts, Bingley.

The company will open up in the former Homebase site on the Ashfield Retail Park Aire Valley Road in what it describes as a welcome boost to the local economy.

The discount retailer is due to open its doors for the first time at 9am on Wednesday, March 13, creating more than 45 jobs for local people.

Customers can expect to find a wide variety of branded products including toys, food and drink, pet range, health and beauty and homewares.

The store will also feature an extensive DIY, decorating and furniture range.

It will also boast its own garden centre with everything from seeds to pots and hundreds of plant varieties delivered fresh to the store throughout the season.

A spokesperson from B&M said: “We’re feeling really positive about the creation of more jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.

“We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door in a few weeks.”

The company are currently advertising for staff at the new store, including customer service assistant, supervisor and floor manager.

It has applied for planning permission for two replacement signs to cover the existing signs, eight sets of digitally-printed garden centre window vinyls fitted to external glass face and one digitally-printed panel fixed to the existing fencing wall.

The discount retailer has been expanding its network in recent months with three other stores opening in Bradford recently.

More than 50 new jobs were created at another former Homebase store on Harrogate Road, Greengates, Bradford, in November after the building underwent extensive refurbishment.

That followed hot on the heels of new additions in Owlcotes in Pudsey, and Clayton, creating more than 80 jobs in the area.

B&M recently reported that a tough November hit sales over its Christmas quarter, but said trading bounced back in the crucial final month. The chain reported a 1.6% fall in UK like-for-like revenues over the 13 weeks to December 29 after a “difficult” November. This compared with a 3.9% sales surge seen a year earlier and left year-to-date comparable UK sales 0.7% lower.

However, B&M said UK comparable sales lifted 1.2% in December, with the improved trading continuing into January.