DOZENS of jobs are to be created in Wigan as a leading national retailer secures a huge shop premises.
B&M has announced it will be moving into the former Homebase building on Marus Bridge Retail Park on Saturday, August 22.
The Home Store and Garden Centre will create an employment boost as 35 extra staff are needed for various roles within the store.
And to mark the occasion, the ribbon cutting will be undertaken by Lexi-Mae Brown.
Little Lexi-Mae, from Ince, was sadly born not breathing on November 6 last year and after 12 minutes was resuscitated and placed on life support.
Five days later, she was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 – Edwards Syndrome and her parents were told that she had no chance of survival.
But the brave little one has defied all odds and two weeks turned into two months and she is now just three months away from her first birthday.
Debbie Jackson, store manager at B&M Wigan, said: “We’re really proud to be creating another 35 jobs and continuing to play our part in the local community. We are excited to get the doors open and honoured to have Lexi-Mae officially marking the opening.”
Lexi-Mae was nominated by the store colleagues themselves and will receive £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for opening the store.
The vouchers will be used to support the ongoing fund-raising required to purchase specialist equipment such as a car seat and cot bed.
Lexi-Mae will be joined by Face of the North West Ciere Woodhead and a team of volunteers to bag pack for customers over the opening weekend.
Debbie added: “She is certainly the youngest ever person to have opened a B&M store and we hope that the opening will go some way to further highlighting Lexi Mae’s condition.”