A NEW home furnishing store opened in Bury St Edmunds on Thursda,y bringing new life to a closed furniture business on Moreton Hall.
Dunelm Mill has been aiming to open a store in Bury for 12 years and on Thursday that aim was realised when the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr Christopher Spicer, officially cut the ribbon to announce the store was open for business.
The two-floor retail space on the site of the former MFI store in Easlea Road was given planning permission in February although concerns were raised that it would detract from retail sales in the town by around £200,000 a year.
But councillors argued that the store would actually bring shoppers into Bury.
Part of the permission was that the company must make the majority of its sales bulky goods, such as furniture, carpets, lights and electrical items although five per cent can be ancillery and seasonal items.
The new business brings 60 new jobs to the town and, as well as its homewares, provides a custom made curtain and blind service, cook shop, dining and utility areas and a coffee shop. It will open seven days a weekt