Since B&M Retail was bought by brothers Simon and Bobby Arora in 2005, it has grown from a 21-store Lancashire value chain into a variety retailer with 205 stores from Edinburgh to Hemel Hempstead. The 1.5m weekly visitors to its stores can find bargains on essential items such as toothpaste as well as impulse buys, such as beauty products. A glut of empty high-street retail units has helped the firm grow through new store openings, increasing sales 76% a year, from £78m in 2006 to £426.7m in 2009.
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