Discount retailer B&M is set to create 27 jobs by opening a new store in Elland.

The B&M Bargains store will open in the former Co-op building at Huddersfield Road. The new staff include 20 who were previously employed at the Co-op.

The store will open at 9am on Saturday, April 16, following a refit of the premises.

B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing retailers, selling a wide variety of branded and own label products including toys, food and drink, homeware, pet products, health and beauty products and a gardening range.

The retailer already has stores at the Ringway Centre in Huddersfield, Wilton Street in Dewsbury and at the Pennine Shopping Centre and on Stoney Road at Halifax.

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B&M has also launched a search to find a “local hero” to help officially open the new Elland store. The deserving winner will receive VIP treatment before taking centre stage to cut the ribbon. They will get £250 in gift vouchers to treat themselves or their chosen charity in store.

Heroes can be nominated by family, friends or work colleagues and could be someone who constantly makes life better for people in the Elland area, goes the extra mile for a particular cause or person or is frenowned for their local charity work.

Nominations are being accepted up to Tuesday, April 12, and can be emailed to communications@bmstores.co.uk, or sent in writing to Communications, B&M Retail, The Vault, Dakota Drive, Estuary Commerce Park, Speke, Liverpool, L24 8RJ.

The former Elland Co-op store which is to be a new B & M Bargains store

Kevin Brennan, store manager at Elland, said: “We’re feeling really positive about the creation of new 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.”

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B&M’s latest financial results showed the group lifted total UK sales by 24.4% to £614.5m in the 13 weeks to December 26, 2015, with like-for-like sales down by 0.7% in the quarter. During the period, B&M opened 15 stores in the UK to take its total to 487. The group also owns the Jawoli chain in Germany with 55 outlets.