SHOPPERS were queued outside Clydebank’s newest store an hour before it formally opened as a sign of enthusiasm for a new business in the shopping centre.

British Heart Foundation had more than a dozen customers waiting outside to flood their furniture and electrical showroom.

One shopper told the Post: “I have family with heart problems so I wanted to support it. It’s good to see a new shop opening as well.”

The BHF store has opened opposite the Dunnes Stores which recently closed in Clyde Shopping Centre.

Provost William Hendrie was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the outlet.

He said: “It was a real pleasure to open the new BHF Scotland store today and meet all the wonderful staff and volunteers. I wish the Clydebank store every success and encourage the local community to support the store and help this important charity raise vital funds.”

Another shopper from Clydebank said she hoped there would be more retail coming to the shopping centre.

She added: “I have my eye on a fire place. The shop is filling a gap. And hopefully it fills a gap in my house.”

A spokesperson at the BHF said: “We urgently need more donations so please do bear us in mind in the future if you are having a spring clean. We would love to receive any unwanted furniture and home accessories. We offer a free collection service so making large household donations couldn’t be easier.”