A popular discount store has told shoppers to “watch this space” after confirming its interest in opening a branch in Watford.

Home Bargains, which has over 500 outlets UK-wide, was among Watford Observer readers’ most common answers when naming one shop the town really needs.

The business specialises in selling a spectrum of items for low prices – which include homeware, toys, kitchen and dining essentials, electronics and bathroom gear.

A Home Bargains spokesperson said: “It is fantastic to hear that the people of Watford are so keen for us to open a store in the town.

Watford Observer: Home Bargains. Picture credit: Google Street View.Home Bargains. Picture credit: Google Street View.

“We are definitely interested in coming to Watford, and we are always actively looking for the right location, not just in Watford, but across the whole country.

“So, watch this space for further developments!" 

Although Home Bargains was among readers' most called-for stores, by far the most popular response was for John Lewis to return.

Unfortunately, a spokesperson for the department store doused any hope.

Watford Observer: John Lewis has confirmed it does not plan to reopen in Watford. Picture credit: Stephen Danzig/Watford Observer Camera ClubJohn Lewis has confirmed it does not plan to reopen in Watford. Picture credit: Stephen Danzig/Watford Observer Camera Club

"The strength of feeling underlines what a difficult decision it was to close and whilst we sadly have no plans to open a new store in Watford, we are incredibly grateful for the support the shop has continued to receive," they said. 

Another of the top responses was furniture store IKEA, but a spokesperson said it is not currently considering Watford as it is evaluating new locations as part of a “new city centre approach”.

“We’re in a fast-changing retail environment and we want to make sure we continue to be affordable and convenient,” they told the Watford Observer.

“As such, we are reviewing our growth strategy on an ongoing basis.

Watford Observer: IKEA. Picture: Google Street View.IKEA. Picture: Google Street View.

“We are not considering Watford as a potential location for IKEA at this current time.”

It comes after Next confirmed it will merge its two Atria Watford stores in April – bringing its fashion, beauty and home offerings under one roof within the shopping centre extension.