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Value retail chain The Range will officially open its first Northern Irish store this weekend.

The Range, which has over 120 stores across the UK, will launch its debut store in Northern Ireland on 14 October 2016 at the Braidwater Retail Park in Ballymena.

The new store takes the place of a former B&Q outlet and is said to create around 80 new jobs for the area, with the site also featuring an outdoor garden centre.

The Range, which was founded by Chris Dawson, stocks more than 65,000 products across 16 different departments, including furniture, and DIY.