Home Bargains has invested approximately £1 million in its new store in Leyland, which will be officially opened at 8.00 am on Saturday 2nd October 2021.

As one of the UK’s largest family-run retailers, Home Bargains is creating 65 new jobs in the local community with its store on Towngate. In total, the store will employ 68 team members, including some staff and management who will be transferring from local stores.

It will also be donating £2,000 to local charity, St Catherine’s Hospice, who provides highly specialised palliative and end-of-life care for the people of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble. The charity aims to provide support to help people live well with comfort, independence and choice – either at home or in the hospice.

Emma Jacovelli, head of community engagement at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “I’d like to say a very special ‘thank you’ to all the staff at Home Bargains for choosing to support St Catherine’s. This generous donation will make a meaningful difference as we help local people affected by illnesses – such as cancer and motor neurone disease – to have quality of life, to the end of life.

“We wouldn’t be able to support patients and families at the hospice and in people’s own homes without the incredible support of our communities. We’re really excited about this new partnership with Home Bargains and are looking forward to working with staff on a number of creative fundraising activities. We’re immensely grateful to be their chosen charity for the year.”

The new Leyland store will join over 575 outlets across the UK. Opening approximately 50 stores a year, Home Bargains is bucking current trends in the industry.

Jordan Gillman, the new Leyland store manager, said: “I joined the Home Bargains team as a store manager almost two years ago after a successful career with Quality Save. Having already opened a new store in the last six months, I am excited to have the opportunity to do it again in Leyland and help the area grow.

“Opening the new store on Towngate alongside such a fantastic team, who have worked exceptionally hard to get the new store ready, will be an unforgettable career moment for me.”

The 11,485 sq ft store, which formerly housed Aldi, will offer shoppers a range of products, including homewares, health and beauty essentials, sweets, snacks and drinks, as well as fresh and frozen food.

Jordan added: “Towngate will be a great location for us and we’re proud to be able to offer local people top-branded goods at exceptionally low prices.”

With more than five million customers each week, Home Bargains is one of the country’s best-loved discount retailers, stocking top-quality branded goods at low prices.