LAST week, the Gazette reported that Basingstoke is set to get a brand new B&M store on Wallop Drive, opening next month.

The news was met with mixed opinions, with more than 300 people commenting on this newspaper’s Facebook page alone.

One wrote: “Let’s watch our house values decrease”

Another commented: “Is one not enough?”

Other residents were quick to defend the store replying: “We already have Lidl and Poundland…If they didn’t get the trade they wouldn’t be trading.”

Another added: “I’m actually so excited.”

Here’s what we know about the new store so far ...

What is B&M?

B&M describes itself as “one of the UK's fastest-growing variety retailers”, which “believes in selling big brands at sensational prices”.

It has 3 million customers weekly.

The new store will be the second in Basingstoke, with one already situated at the Thorneycroft Industrial Estate on Worting Road.

A notice situated outside the site gives notice of the company’s application to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to sell alcohol on the premises.

A spokesperson for B&M told The Gazette: “We’re feeling extremely positive about the creation of more jobs for local people during these difficult times 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 doors next month.”

Where will the new store be?

The store is set to replace the former Mothercare site on Wallop Drive and will create new jobs in the community.

It will be situated next to Sainsubury’s Kempshott superstore and across from the Hatch Warren Retail Park, which includes Lidl, Pets At Home and Poundstretcher, and predominantly serves the Kempshott and Hatch Warren areas of Basingstoke.

When will it be open?

The new B&M store is set to officially open on March 27.

Work has started on the site with builders in attendance when the Gazette visited the unit on Monday.

What will the store’s opening hours be?

The application for an alcohol license is from 7am - 11pm, seven days a week, but the store is yet to confirm the opening hours of the new site.

The current Basingstoke store opens from 8am - 8pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.