Poundland to open stores in 20 former Poundworld locations

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Up to 20 larger former Poundworld stores are being acquired by Poundland as it steps up its Pep&Co expansions across England and Scotland.

Eight of the new locations will feature Poundland’s casual, value-focused fashion brand Pep&Co, as well as the retailer’s general merchandise and food offer.

Many of the stores will provide Poundland with an entry site into new towns, or a second site for the brand.

Initial openings in the first phase include Edinburgh, Killingworth, East Kilbride and Ayr, the latter two of which will also include Pep&Co offerings in-store.

“We’re trading strongly and stores with a Pep&Co fashion store are a hit with customers,” said Poundland’s UK and Ireland managing director Barry Williams.

“That’s why we’re keen to find larger sites that enable us to bring our widest ranges to more high streets across the country.”

“However, we can only do this if landlords really change their expectations about the total cost of occupation to reflect the new realities of UK retail,” he added.

Last month Poundland revealed falling sales so far this year, but remained positive about its financial situation in the face of an accounting scandal that wiped off 90 per cent of its South African owner Steinhoff’s market value.

Poundland said it would begin re-opening the doors to its new locations in October, and added that all former Poundworld staff would be offered a guaranteed interview to help fill the 400 jobs created with the new stores.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Well done poundland please open at York gate in Belfast we miss poundworlds friendly staff I hope they may come back if you do decide to open at York gate belfast

  2. My daughter worked in Poundworld .had interview at Ayr and was told her new position would be 12hrs over 4days.at £6.18 an hr ,if thats the best they can offer then its a disgrace.she would get more money with an early morning paper round

  3. Expectation are too high for Poundland staff. Get ready to get overworked and underpaid within tacky stores with no heating and no Aircon. Glad I left when I did. 12hr contract offered but you can’t look for another job because they expect you to give Poundland preference.

    Targets are unrealistic with most staff only in on delivery days which is twice a week. Deliveries barely arrive on time and you end up working over so your plans go out the window.

    Not worth working for.

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