A former Wilko store in a Suffolk town could become a B&M as a licencing application has been submitted to a council. 

Mildenhall Wilko closed on Monday, September 25, after a last ditch attempt to save the company failed. 

Now, a premises licence application for the 32-36 St Andrews Street shop has been received by West Suffolk Council, stating retail giant B&M could move in. 

The application states they would want their licence to begin 'ASAP' and that the store is set to open on April 6, 2024. 

According to the application, the shop would sell alcohol and open between 7am and 11pm. 

A statement to the council reads: "B&M is a national retailer, with 700+ stores throughout the UK. Its stores sell a range of products including food, electricals, homeware, furniture, DIY and gardening products."

B&M has stores in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Lowestoft, Beccles and Stowmarket. 

Representations on the Mildenhall store plans may be made to the Licensing Authority by March 4, 2024. 

Mildenhall Kingsway & Market councillor, Ian Shipp, said of the application: "I had heard the rumours circulating regarding B&M opening a store in Mildenhall and am now really excited to see an application for a premise licence on their behalf being put into West Suffolk Council.

"The application will hopefully see the recently closed Wilko site in Mildenhall’s town centre being reopened by B&M providing valuable career opportunities for local people and a fantastic new retail site attracting shoppers from far and wide."

Andy Neal, West Suffolk district councillor and Mildenhall High town councillor, said: "This is fantastic news and I am pleased to hear that all the rumours that have been going around Mildenhall are actually true.

"Mildenhall is in desperate need for a store like B&M and I am sure it will be very well supported by the community.

"This is a big store site to fill and we needed someone of the stature of B&M to compliment our retail in the town."

Last month it was announced the former Ipswich Wilko store in Upper Brook Street would become a Poundstretcher.

Shahid Kissay, regional director for the firm, said: "We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of our new Poundstretcher store in Ipswich, marking the successful transformation of our fifth former Wilko location.

"Additionally, we are pleased to welcome former Wilko employees who have enthusiastically joined our expanding team across the country. Our commitment to providing affordable products for all is reflected in our extensive range of half-price, multi-buy, and star deal offers on top-notch branded products.