A NEW discount store in Bury had more than 3,000 customers in its first day.

B&M opened a new store in Mill Gate Shopping Centre on Saturday in the former home of BHS.

The shop moved as a response to customers, who wanted a bigger store with greater choice says the company.

Opening on Saturday, the new shop had 3,250 customers between its 9am and 5.30pm opening time.

Relocating the store created 40 more jobs for the town.

The store manager, Stuart Munro, said: “We’re feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and feedback from customers has been great so far."

Joining the staff for the big opening, were a team from Creative Support, a Bury charity which provides social care services to people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and other needs.

At every B&M opening, staff nominate a local charity to help them launch the store and build relationships.

Mr Munro added: "A big thank you to Creative Support who helped us open the store this morning, we hope that our donation can help them continue the outstanding work they do for the local community."

The representatives from Creative Support, based in Market Street, also received a £250 voucher for B&M to support their work.

The former BHS store has been renovated inside and out.

Marie Gribben, Mill Gate's centre manager, said: "It was great to see such a fantastic turnout for B&M’s opening on Saturday.

"We’ve already had some excellent feedback from shoppers about the new store.

"We continually strive to improve the centre to create a great shopping environment for our customers and this new addition is the perfect fit for this space, further adding to our varied retail mix here at Mill Gate."