Work has begun to open a new home and garden store in time for Christmas.

The Range is to open a new store in Walkden, which will open on November 24 with its signature Christmas department.

The Range is opening at Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walkden.

Spanning three empty units at the retail park, in between the M&S Foodhall and Pets at Home, construction workers have been seen on the site since the end of last month, August.

Previously speaking to The Bolton News, shoppers at the retail park gave their thoughts on whether the store would be good addition.

One shopper said: "I think it will. We have to go to Eccles to go to The Range.

"It's definitely good for shoppers, it's good to have units open rather than empty.

"It looks like it's going to be really big."

Another said: "I think this is a good idea because we don't have many shops here. There are also a lot of empty spaces.

"I think if we are going to have more, more people will come and buy more.

"It's great, I will definitely be visiting to use it."

This batch of openings includes the retailer's new southern flagship located on Chelmsford High Street, this historic unit will house a Range Kitchens showroom and the new Cafe 89 format which combines great value breakfasts and lunches with a conversational town square style eatery.

The other two stores opening include Leamington Spa on December 1, and Oswestry on December 8.

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