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Discount home store set to open third outlet in city

A third B&M Home Store may be opening in Gloucester.

It is proposed to site the new B&M Store and Garden Centre in Kingsway in addition to the existing outlets in Southgate Street and Eastern Avenue, Coney Hill.

A public exhibition is to be held into the Kingsway proposals which also include a new Pure Gym on the site.

Gloucestershire-based developer Robert Hitchins Ltd is hoping to bring the two national brands to the empty brownfield site near the Asda store next to Avionics House in Newhaven Road, Quedgeley. There would also be 205 parking spaces.

The public exhibition will be held at the Kingsway Community Centre, Thatcham Avenue, Quedgeley from 3-8pm on Tuesday, July 17.

Representatives from the consultant team will be on hand to seek local feedback and to answer questions before a planning application is submitted to Gloucester City Council.

The developers have held exploratory talks with the council about the proposals which it says would bring local jobs, a leisure amenity and complementary shopping facilities.

It would also regenerate a derelict three-acre brownfield site.

A spokesperson for RPS Planning Consultants said: "We hope very much that local people will come to the exhibition and give us their views."

B&M, formed in 1978, is now one of the leading variety retailers in the UK. It employs more than 28,000 staff in 560 stores nationally selling a wide range of furniture, toys and electrical goods at discount prices.

Pure Gym is a low-cost gym operator backed by cycling supremo Sir Chris Hoy. It has almost 1 million members at 192 premises nationwide.

Kingsway has grown on the site of the former 340-acre RAF Quedgeley. The original masterplan included 3,300 homes, a 40-acre employment site, community and leisure facilities, retail, sports area and primary school.

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