Excited shoppers queue for Hatfield's new B&M store
PUBLISHED: 12:05 13 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 13 October 2018
Shoppers were up early to get in line for the opening of Hatfield's new B&M store this morning.
Dozens of early birds were outside the door from 7.30am in anticipation on the 9am opening.
Hatfield mayor Jack Nelson was also on hand to cut the ribbon.
Self-confessed B&M super fan, Rachel Nassif was one of the first in the queue.
The 49-year-old from Hatfield, who is a cleaning supervisor at a school, said: “It’s what the town needed.
“I shop at B&M in Hemel and Stevenage.
“It’s bargains for mums. It’s affordable and quite good quality.
“There’s a garden centre here which the others don’t have - they don’t have the outside like they have here.
“I’ve been here since 7.30am and I had a sleep in my car.”
Hatfield resident Mary Burrows, 56, was also at the front of the queue to be among the first in.
She said: “I’ve never been in a B&M store so I looked online to find out about them.
“I wanted to be first [to go in] but I’m not.”
B&M fan Adele Bunn, 57, was thrilled to have a store open so close to where she lives.
She said: “It will bring a lot more people back into Hatfield.
“I was excited about this one opening, especially as my daughter got a job here.
“It’s just round the corner for me.
“I would have to go to Stevenage otherwise.
“The savings are good here.
“They do sell bargains.”
Fellow shopper Kay Rixson, 60, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I’m from Essex, but I’m here visiting relatives.
“It makes the B&M at Lakeside shopping centre look really small.
“B&M saves you so much money compared to the other supermarkets.”
Mum-of-three Alice Warner, 27, of Hatfield, said: “The store will have a massive impact on Hatfield.
“I think it will draw a lot more people in.
“We normally go to Stevenage and I only live across the road so this is wicked for me.
“I’m very happy.”
Fiona and step daughter Chelsea were in the queue for the opening.
Fiona, 50, said: “I love the bargains.
“I live in London Colney so the nearest stores were Hemel or Watford.
“They’re on the high street so there’s no parking.
“I will be here every week shopping.
“I text my daughter in Scotland this morning to say I have gone for the opening!”
Welwyn resident Lester Freeman, 54, was also in the queue and looking forward to picking up a Disney themed candlestick.
He said: “I have a little display at home for Beauty and the Beast.
“I used to come to Homebase here so I knew it would be a big store.
“I’m also diabetic and they do a lot of stuff for diabetics.
“This will be the new regular store for us.”
Hatfield resident Dawn Roddy, 43, was curious to have a look round the new store.
She said: “I live across the field.
“I haven’t been to a B&M before. It’s something different.
“I normally shop at Tesco.”
B&M store manager David Weyman was pleased with the turn-out for the opening.
The store also gave a £250 voucher to Jimmy Macs in Hatfield.
Mr Weyman said: “It’s been a very successful opening.
“It was a really big queue waiting to get in today.”