£500,000 discount store opens its doors at out-of-town retail park

Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor David Fleming opens Home Bargains at St. Helen Auckland. Also pictured are, from the left, supervisors Wayne Stringer and Chris Stokoe and store manager Anthony Pattison.

Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor David Fleming opens Home Bargains at St. Helen Auckland. Also pictured are, from the left, supervisors Wayne Stringer and Chris Stokoe and store manager Anthony Pattison.

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BARGAIN hunters headed to an out-of-town retail park yesterday (Saturday, April 12) for the opening of a new discount store.

Home Bargains is the latest national retailer to set up shop on the Bishop Auckland Retail Park, in St Helen Auckland, County Durham.

The £500,000 investment has created around 40 jobs and is in addition to the existing Home Bargains Store in Bishop Auckland town centre.

In recent years, the retail park has been criticised by town centre traders who fear it could destroy their livelihoods.

However, the Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor David Fleming, who attended the opening, said he believed there was a place for both sites.

“I wish Home Bargains every success for the future,” said Coun Fleming.

“I am particularly pleased to know the town centre store will remain open.

"I believe, in the future, we will find the market place remains the culture heart of Bishop Auckland but St Helen Auckland could become the commercial centre of the town.

“There are a lot of exciting plans in store surrounding Auckland Castle and I am sure this will have a positive impact on the shops and businesses in the town centre.”

Home Bargains sells branded products, including homeware, toiletries, sweets, snacks and drinks, at low prices at more than 300 branches across the country.

The new 15,000 sq ft store will be one of the retailer’s largest outlets.

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2:19pm Sun 13 Apr 14

settheworldonfire says...

My mate works at this new store and he reckons the 1 in Bishop will be shut within 6 months...That was from a manager of the new store.....
My mate works at this new store and he reckons the 1 in Bishop will be shut within 6 months...That was from a manager of the new store..... settheworldonfire
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8:41pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Me@bishop says...

settheworldonfire wrote:
My mate works at this new store and he reckons the 1 in Bishop will be shut within 6 months...That was from a manager of the new store.....
It will close look what happened to McDonald's, there's gonna be nothing left in bishop apart from bookies, charity shops
[quote][p][bold]settheworldonfire[/bold] wrote: My mate works at this new store and he reckons the 1 in Bishop will be shut within 6 months...That was from a manager of the new store.....[/p][/quote]It will close look what happened to McDonald's, there's gonna be nothing left in bishop apart from bookies, charity shops Me@bishop
  • Score: 7

8:59pm Sun 13 Apr 14

CLANSMAN says...

SADLY the death of Bishop Auckland shopping centre experience was due to the greedy council declaring car parking charges
It was always a busy place ... a good selection of shops
now with those car parking wardens ...
Well
why bother and so go elsewhere....

Success of St Helens ... and surrounding retailers
PLENTY OF FREE PARKING
SADLY the death of Bishop Auckland shopping centre experience was due to the greedy council declaring car parking charges It was always a busy place ... a good selection of shops now with those car parking wardens ... Well why bother and so go elsewhere.... Success of St Helens ... and surrounding retailers PLENTY OF FREE PARKING CLANSMAN
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8:16am Mon 14 Apr 14

pilchrat says...

Well 'settheworldonfire' if I was one of the managers at that store, I'd not be thanking you for pedalling gossip and putting my name against it when it goes against what the company itself have been saying.

The town centre store will remain as long as it brings in money. If it suddenly becomes far less profitable or makes a loss, ofcourse it will close, but on the assumption it will continue to trade well, why on earth would it close? Boots hasn't closed after 18 months; Poundland hasn't closed; Card Warehouse hasn't closed etc. etc.

The only stuff that has closed is M&S (for which the writing was on the wall anyway), McDonald's (where there's a trend to shutting town centre branches and having drive-thrus instead), Woolies went bust, Millets went bust, Claire's accessories couldn't justify a rent increase off the landlord, Mothercare collapsed, Thorntons shut most of its UK shops, Blockbusters went bust, the list goes on and on ...

I visited the town on Saturday for a quick mooch around; the market now consists of one stall selling fruit and veg ... when ten years ago the entire marketplace was full of stalls.

Nice £multimillon investment in a new marketplace for a market that doesn't really exist ...
Well 'settheworldonfire' if I was one of the managers at that store, I'd not be thanking you for pedalling gossip and putting my name against it when it goes against what the company itself have been saying. The town centre store will remain as long as it brings in money. If it suddenly becomes far less profitable or makes a loss, ofcourse it will close, but on the assumption it will continue to trade well, why on earth would it close? Boots hasn't closed after 18 months; Poundland hasn't closed; Card Warehouse hasn't closed etc. etc. The only stuff that has closed is M&S (for which the writing was on the wall anyway), McDonald's (where there's a trend to shutting town centre branches and having drive-thrus instead), Woolies went bust, Millets went bust, Claire's accessories couldn't justify a rent increase off the landlord, Mothercare collapsed, Thorntons shut most of its UK shops, Blockbusters went bust, the list goes on and on ... I visited the town on Saturday for a quick mooch around; the market now consists of one stall selling fruit and veg ... when ten years ago the entire marketplace was full of stalls. Nice £multimillon investment in a new marketplace for a market that doesn't really exist ... pilchrat
  • Score: 18

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