Discount chain B&M will open their third Chester store in six weeks time, and bosses are looking for a local hero to officially mark the occasion.

The Chronicle revealed last month that the retail giant would be replacing the recently vacated Tesco Homeplus store on Chester Retail Park, following its closure on March 15 as one of 43 ‘unprofitable’ shops Tesco were shutting down .

Staff members from the Tesco store were offered the chance to apply for positions in the new B&M store, and all who did so have been offered new roles at the branch.

Finishing touches are already being made to the new store, which is due to open on Saturday May 23 at 9am, and to mark the occasion, B&M want to offer a deserving member of the community the chance to be a VIP for the morning.

Heroes can be nominated by friends, family or work colleagues and it could either be someone who makes life better for people in the area, works hard for a particular cause or is renowned for their charity work.

Tesco Homeplus on Chester Retail Park has now closed

Julie Henning, store manager at the new B&M, said: “We wanted a true VIP to officially open our new store and what better way than to ask customers to nominate those who make a real difference to people’s lives in and around Chester.

“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 to for a change.”

Nominations are being accepted up to Friday May 8 and can be e-mailed to or posted to Chester Sealand Road Local Hero Search, B&M Retail LTD. Dakota Drive, Estuary Commerce Park, Speke, Liverpool L24 8RJ.

The worthy winner will also receive £250 worth of vouchers to spend in store.

B&M Sealand Road joins existing Chester branches of the store in the Forum Shopping Centre and Caldy Valley Retail Park.