The new Homestore has relocated to Teesbay Retail Park, taking over a former B&Q, allowing visitors to the store easy access to the bargains on offer.
A total of 70 jobs have been created for local people – including 11 colleagues who joined the team from the previous B&Q as well as staff from the Hartlepool Marina store.
Customers will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label products, including food& drink, toys, homewares and electricals.
They’ll also have access to a large furniture and pet selection, to ensure everyone’s tastes are catered for.
As part of B&M’s Local Hero initiative, representatives from Hartlepool Families First took centre stage on opening day.
The team aim to ensure that all residents in Hartlepool and its surrounding area, regardless of age or ability, enjoy a healthy and fulsome life and achieve to the very best of their capabilities.
One of their objectives is to relieve and educate local children, particularly those with additional and special needs – they do this through providing social, physical and emotional support activities, as well as giving the children stimulating toys and equipment through their Toy Library.
Alongside opening the store, the charity also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part.
Also in attendance on opening day was the Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Rob Cook, who helped cut the ribbon.
Adam Beech, store manager at B&M Teesbay, said: “The team from Hartlepool Families First really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for the community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.
“We wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do and hope that our donation can help them to continue to help the community.”
He also commented: “The new team had been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we couldn’t wait to get the doors open and show customers their new B&M Hartlepool.”
On Saturday 8 April, customers will also be able to enter the B&M Big Prize Bonanza, a free game show taking place at the store to carry the atmosphere on into the weekend.
Those who enter will be in with a chance of winning prizes including a Slow Cooker, B&M vouchers, Cadbury’s Chocolates and much more.
There will also be a facepainter in store to transform customers into their favourite super heroes, animals or characters.