||The business opened its 500th store
||The business opened its 450th store.
||B&M lists on the London Stock Exchange as part of the next stage of its development. The listing is designed to support the company’s ambitious growth plans, both in the UK and continental Europe. The listing follows B&M’s acquisition of a majority stake in German discount retailer JA Woll and the opening of a new Speke-based 500,000 square foot distribution centre.
||Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, one of the world’s leading private equity funds acquired a significant stake in B&M and Sir Terry Leahy joined the board of directors.
||The business opened its 300th store.
||New Operations, Logistics and Finance Directors joined the business.
||The business moved into a new head office and modern 620,000 sq. ft. Distribution Centre based in Speke, Liverpool.
||B&M was acquired by Simon and Bobby Arora in December 2004 from Phildrew Investments, at which time the company traded from 21 stores.
||The business was founded in 1978 by Malcolm Billington and the first store opened in Blackpool.