More than 50 new jobs will be created with the opening of a new B&M store in Huddersfield town centre.

B&M is moving into the former Marks & Spencer store in New Street which has been empty for almost two years.

M&S shut its doors in May 2019 after a century in the town, dealing a blow to confidence and leaving a gaping hole in the high street.

The building is currently boarded up and work is underway inside.

A spokesman for B&M said the new store, which will create 55 new jobs, is due to open on Friday April 16.

The spokesman added: “We’re feeling extremely positive about the creation of more jobs for local people during these difficult times and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.

“We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door next month.”

Marks & Spencer first opened in Huddersfield in 1894, 10 years after the company was founded. It closed in 1925 but opened up in New Street in 1934 where it remained until 2019.

Huddersfield already has two B&M stores, on the Leeds Road Retail Park and the Ringway Centre.