CUSTOMERS were spotted queuing around the block as a new store opened its doors in Widnes.

The Range had withdrawn from Widnes – and Halton altogether – at the beginning of 2023, closing its giant Widnes Trade Park store.

The World revealed in January how the company was planning to move into the vacant Wilko store at Widnes Shopping Park.

Construction workers and shop-fitters have been on site for several weeks, with The Range officially opening on Friday.

The retailer says it was greeted by huge crowds of eager customers looking to get their hands on new home, leisure and garden products.

Runcorn and Widnes World: The Range is now open in WidnesThe Range is now open in Widnes (Image: The Range)

The first lucky 50 people in-line received a goody bag containing some of the brand’s most-loved products.

Alex Simpkin, CEO of CDS Superstores, trading as The Range and Wilko, said: “The Range is dedicated to delivering quality products at affordable prices to communities throughout the UK.

“We have been genuinely overwhelmed by the support from locals as we embark on our journey at Widnes Shopping Park.

“It has been an incredibly positive start to our residency, and we look forward to helping even more locals create and maintain their dream home and garden spaces.”

Runcorn and Widnes World: The Range is now open in WidnesThe Range is now open in Widnes (Image: The Range)

The new Widnes store offers everything from cosy furnishings to chic décor, outdoor accessories and more.

For those decking out their outdoor space for the upcoming season, the store also has an external garden centre, perfect for green fingered enthusiasts and budding gardeners alike.

As well as in-store browsing at this refreshed site, local customers can make use of the free click and collect service by shopping online from the comfort of their own home before conveniently picking up their new purchases at a time that works for them.

Alternatively, for added convenience, opt for home delivery options at, providing access to more than 140,000 products across 16 different departments, all without having to step out of your front door.