A BIG BRAND chain store bringing around 50 jobs is set to move into a redundant shop in Harwich.

B and M Stores is set to take over the former Focus DIY store unit at Harwich Gateway Retail Park - it will be the first of the chain in North Essex.

Vacancies have already been advertised for positions but it is not known when the store will open.

Traders and residents have welcomed the news of more jobs and said they hope it will bring more shoppers to the town.

B and M Stores was not available for comment.