ANOTHER former Wilko store in East Lancs is set to be given a new retail lease of life.

The discount chain's former Blackburn premises, on the King William Street side of The Mall, are set to reopen as a new branch of B&M Bargains later this month.

And now it has been confirmed fellow high street retailers One Beyond are set to occupy the former Wilko store in Burnley's Charter Walk shopping centre.

Like the Blackburn location, the Burnley site was among the 400 or so to close last year when administrators were called in by Wilko.

An estimated 20 or so jobs are expected to be created when One Beyond opens its doors at Charter Walk on Wednesday, March 27.

New store manager Peter Wilson said: "“We think the store will be a great addition to the town centre.

"We have a wide range of goods on offer at One Beyond, from food and drink to gardening and household items.’’

Currently there are around 100 stores in the expanding One Beyond portfolio, including their store in Blackburn Mall.

Around 40 jobs will be created when B&M completes its move into the old Blackburn Wilko premises on Saturday after an extensive refit programme on the 16,000 square foot unit.

New staff were asked to nominate a local charity who they thought deserved VIP treatment for the work it does in the community, and they chose Blackburn Foodbank, which will take centre stage at the new store's unveiling.

A B&M spokesman said: "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.

“Blackburn Foodbank really stood out for us, so we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they have done. We hope our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”