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Poundland to open 75 stores by end of December

Another 19 former Wilko stores will be converted to Poundland stores over the next two weeks, bringing the total number of rapid Wilko-to-Poundland conversions to 56

Poundland has announced its plans to open or relocate 75 stores over the three months to the end of December.

The programme covers both its existing pipeline of new stores, and the former Wilko stores it has already opened, or plans to open, as new Poundland stores.

This month the retailer has already opened new stores in Telford (Forge Retail Park) and Stafford (Queens Retail Park).

It has also planned additional openings and relocations for the months of November and December in Dublin, Gloucester, Lancaster, Sunderland, Welwyn Garden City, Portishead, Crewkerne, Midsomer Norton, Bedford, Faversham, Newport, Watford, Wood Green, Sligo, Wells, Plymstock and Birmingham.

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Precise opening dates for each of these new stores and relocations will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The new stores Poundland plans to open this quarter include an additional former Wilko (Birmingham Fort), and six former M&Co units (Portishead, Crewkerne, Midsomer Norton, Faversham, Newport and Wells).

Its new store in Watford will relocate to part of a former John Lewis unit, bringing its clothing and homewares ranges to a new audience.

Another 19 former Wilko stores will be converted to Poundland stores over the next two weeks, bringing the total number of rapid Wilko-to-Poundland conversions to 56.

In Redhill, Hull, Greenock and Peterlee, Poundland will relocate into the Wilko units from existing nearby stores.
All new Poundland stores – both Wilko and non-Wilko units – will carry the extensive grocery, household and general merchandise ranges customers expect.

They will also feature Pepco family clothing that has rolled out to 500-plus of Poundland’s existing UK and Ireland stores.

Austin Cooke, managing director at Poundland, said: “To open 75 stores in the space of a single quarter is nothing short of a superhuman effort from every member of the Poundland team. To each and every one of them I say ‘thank you’. But we’re working at this pace because we’re on a mission –ambitious to grow, create jobs and serve new communities by opening shops that customers and communities can be proud of.”

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