Harpurhey B&M, B&M, p Google Earth snapshot

The store will fill a void in the town centre. Credit: Google Earth

B&M to more than double size of Manchester store 

The discount retailer wants to take over the former Buzz Bingo hall next to its Harpurhey outlet, increasing its footprint from 18,000 sq ft to 40,000 sq ft and filling a large void in the town centre. 

B&M has submitted a planning application to knock through into the vacant bingo hall as part of its plans to grow its footprint in the Manchester suburb, more than doubling in size and creating an additional 25 jobs. 

The retailer, which has more than 700 sites across the UK, also says that the scheme would help address a “clear and urgent need to secure a sustainable, long-term future of the former bingo hall”, according to planning documents. 

To learn more about the proposals, search for application reference number 137932/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal. 

The Harpurhey scheme is the latest proposal to come forward in Greater Manchester for the overhaul of a former Buzz Bingo hall. 

Buzz, which formerly traded as Gala Bingo, announced plans to axe 26 halls in 2020 having been hard hit by the pandemic. 

In Wythenshawe, Lidl is working up plans for a store on the site of Buzz’s former Rowlandsway venue, while Donard Affordable Homes is planning to bulldoze the vacant bingo building in Pendleton to pave the way for a residential scheme. 

The former Buzz Bingo in Chorley, another one of the 26 closed, was flattened in 2021 and is now a surface car park.

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Great news. I hope they can include much more home and garden stuff, like B&M Home stores do. That will fill a gap left by Wilko closing

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