SCORES of jobs are coming to Wearside when a new shop opens next week.
Variety retailer B&M is moving into a unit at Barmston’s Peel Centre.
Its new store will have a staff of 60, made up from a mixture of full-time and part-time workers.
The Merseyside-based chain is the first occupier of the unit, offering 21,000sq ft of floorspace.
The centre, just off the A1231 Sunderland Highway, in Washington, is already home to do-it-yourself store Homebase, a McDonald’s and specialist retailers Carpetright and Wynsors World of Shoes.
The finishing touches are now being applied to the new B&M store, and it is due to open next Thursday.
The unit will be one of the chain’s home stores.
Prospective punters of the new Washington store are being given the chance to nominate a local hero to carry out its official opening.
Candidates – expected to be someone who makes life better for people in the town, works hard for a particular cause or is renowned for their charity work – can be nominated by friends, family or colleagues.
Store manager Adam Beech, said: “We wanted a true VIP to officially open our new store.
“What better way than to ask customers to nominate those who make a real difference to people’s lives in and around Washington?
“We’re not judging by age or the type of support, we just want someone who goes that extra mile and who we can give something back for a change.”
The closing date for nominations is tomorrow.
They can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winner will be given £250 worth of vouchers to spend in store.