New Morecambe discount store to open in ex-DIY shop

Home Bargains hopes to open a new store on Westgate, Morecambe.
Home Bargains hopes to open a new store on Westgate, Morecambe.

Home Bargains is set to open a second store in Morecambe on the site of a former DIY shop.

The discount chain is planning a £5m revamp of the empty Focus Do It All unit on Westgate, creating 70 new jobs.

Their existing store near the Arndale Centre will remain open.

The new shop will be larger than the Euston Road store and will have a 100-space car park.

A planning report published on behalf of TJ Morris, parent company of Home Bargains, reveals that the new store would “satisfy (Home Bargains’) commercial requirement for additional representation in the Morecambe and Lancaster area”.

The company also has a store in Marketgate, Lancaster.

Focus moved out in 2011 after the DIY chain entered administration and the building has remained vacant ever since. It would be demolished and rebuilt under the new plans.

TJ Morris, whose motto is to ‘sell the best branded products at the lowest possible price’, was set up 35 years ago when retailer Tom Morris opened his first store in Liverpool, where Home Bargains’ head office is still based.

Today Home Bargains has 400 outlets nationwide, employing more than 10,000 staff, and plans to expand this to 700 over the next five years.

The plans are subject to approval by Lancaster City Council planning committee.