THE Range is getting ready to open a brand new store in Widnes next Friday.

Located on the site of the old B&Q at Widnes Waterfront, the store is due to open on February 26.

The existing store in Runcorn Shopping Centre will close the day before the Widnes opening, with staff transferring to the new location.

This relocation has also allowed the firm to employ a further 34 people.

Teams have been working around the clock to get the store ready for the big reveal, including painting, sign hanging, stock unloading, and till training.

The new branch in Widnes will provide value products and everyday essentials - from pet care and DIY to health products and cleaning supplies.

There is even an outdoor garden centre for any outdoor essentials.

In line with current Government guidelines, the new store will have extra safety procedures in place to protect both staff and customers when it opens.

These include social distancing floor markers, sanitising stations at the store entrance and contactless payments where possible.