Heron Foods, the discount retail chain, has today announced that they’ll be opening a brand-new store on Countisbury Ave in Llanrumney at 9 am on Thursday, 25th November 2021.
The new store has taken on all of the staff from the previous store, who are all long-standing and well-known in the community.
On opening day, the store will be offering a goodie bag worth over £5 to the first 100 customers who spend £5 or more. Not only that, the first 250 customers who spend over £5 will also be offered a scratch-card which will reveal a prize once scratched off. With 5 top prizes worth £50 be found, the opening day event is not to be missed.
Visitors to the company’s Facebook page facebook.com/heronfoodslimited will have the opportunity to choose their favourite charity who will be given £250 as a thank you from Heron Foods to mark the opening of the new store.
Heron Foods is a food retail business providing its customers with ‘high quality, low priced products’.
Since joining forces with B&M they have continued with growth plans, now with over 280 stores and with new store openings month-by-month.
Store Manager, Dean Darney, who has worked at Heron Foods for over a year, said: “We’re thrilled to be opening a new store in Llanrumney and look forward to welcoming customers through the doors.
“I’d personally like to thank colleagues for their efforts in getting the new store ready, as well as our new neighbours who have already shown support.
“As a retailer within the community, we’ll be bringing local people our huge everyday grocery range at the lowest possible prices.”
In 2020 a store was opened in Union Street in Oswaldtwistle.
Store manager Stephen Bailey – who has worked at Heron Foods for five years, and at the Newport Street store for seven months – said the announcement came as a shock.
Mr Bailey said that two members of staff have been made redundant, whilst the rest have been asked to relocate to another store.
He hopes that he will eventually be asked to move to the Tonge Moor store, which is much closer to him.
Mr Bailey said: “We have been a strong team for months, and this came as a surprise.
“I thought we would be asked to move the store somewhere else.
“But I have been asked to move to the Blackburn store, which takes a while to get to from where I am.
“I think it will hit home when we finally close down on Saturday.
“It’s all about the customers though who we have built strong relationships and friendships with.”
Supervisor Sonia Blackburn, who has worked at the store for two years, added: “We want it to stay open, and I did shed a tear yesterday.
“It’s all about the friendships we will miss.
“A lot of people are really disappointed.”
Sonia has been asked to relocate to Tyldesley, and she says she loves her job.
The decision has been made to permanently close the store on Saturday, lunch time, which also came as a huge disappointment to those who shop there.
One shopper told The Bolton News: “It’s such a shame because I come in all the time.
“It’s really handy and accessible for me travelling on foot.
“I am also sad for the workers who will have to travel so far now, but they do love their jobs.
“We used to have the best town in the North West, but there are so many shops closing.”
The nearest store will now be on Tonge Moor Road.