Bargain shop B&M is finally heading to Manchester city centre

It's taking over the old Wilko.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 16th May 2024

Great news coming in for bargain-hunters this morning – B&M is finally opening in Manchester city centre for the first time.

The British retailer is famed for its affordable prices on everything from food to cleaning products to furniture, and has a few locations dotted around Greater Manchester.

B&M has now announced plans to swoop into the unit in Manchester Arndale that was previously home to Wilko.

And not unlike Wilkos, B&M is loved by shoppers for its wild range of items – where else can you buy wallpaper, stationery, KitKats, pick-and-mix, a fluffy rug and a nice new kettle all under one roof?

Think the middle aisle of Lidl, but super-sized.


After Wilko collapsed into administration last summer, B&M announced plans to buy up 51 of its stores in reportedly a £13m deal.

Hoardings are up for a new B&M store in the Manchester Arndale
Hoardings are up for a new B&M store in the Manchester Arndale

The discount retailer is due to open later this year on the upper concourse of Manchester Arndale, with its familiar blue and orange B&M branding now plastered outside the space.


When it officially opens, there’ll be a comprehensive product range including home goods, groceries, electronics, alongside an array of seasonal items.

Steve Gray, Head of European Retail Asset Management at Global Mutual, said: “We’re delighted to welcome such a strong household name like B&M to Manchester Arndale.

“We place great importance in having a truly mixed offer and its fantastic to be able to bring in a retailer that offers a wide array of products at accessible prices.


“From high-end fashion brands to discount retailers, its clear operators across the board have long-term confidence in the centre as Manchester Arndale continues to cement its reputation as the North West’s leading retail destination with a varied line up of exciting retail, F&B and leisure.”

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Featured image: B&M