The opening of a discount retail chain's new shop in Ely will create 31 jobs.

B&M is taking over the former Wilko store on Market Street and will open its doors at 8am on Thursday March 7.

Colleagues were also asked to nominate a local charity they think deserves some VIP treatment for the work they do for the local community.

They chose the team from Ely Foodbank to take centre stage and officially unveil the new B&M store.

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Ely Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust national network of food banks.

With over 100 dedicated volunteers, Ely Foodbank is working to combat poverty and hunger across Ely.

The store manager from B&M said: “Ely Foodbank really stood out for us, so we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work that they have done.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do."

They added: “We’re feeling extremely positive about the creation of more jobs for local people, and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.”