// Poundland to launch a local store format in East and South Yorkshire
// The new stores will employ a total of 24 people and trade from 7am to 9pm
// The compact design will allow Poundland to open in small towns where it lacks presence
Poundland is set to open two new stores this weekend, the first in a pilot of its new convenience store format.
The Poundland Local format will be located in South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire, both former Fultons Foods stores that became part of Poundland in last year.
The new stores will employ a total of 24 people and trade from 7am to 9pm.
Poundland Local at Kendray will open on May 21 in Barnsley. The 2500sq ft store will have 12 colleagues, creating four new jobs in the area.
Meanwhile, the second Poundland Local will open in Hornsea on May 22. The 2800sq ft store will also have 12 colleagues, creating five new jobs in the area.
Poundland Local stores aim to be smaller than a typical Poundland and the compact design is due to allow it to open in small towns, residential and urban neighbourhoods not currently served by Poundland.
Prices will be identical to larger Poundland stores.
All of the items available are from Poundland’s core ranges, including everyday groceries, snacks, household products, health and beauty, batteries, toys, stationery and homeware.
There will be additional ranges customers expect in a convenience store, including fresh fruit and vegetables, chilled and frozen food, extended range of bread, beer, wines and spirits, nappies and formula milk, and hot pies and pasties and fresh cakes supplied by Poundbakery.
“The launch of Poundland Local is a really exciting development and we hope customers are as excited as we are,” Poundland transformation and retail director Austin Cooke said.
“While our Local format will have the ranges customers would expect in a neighbourhood store, they won’t have to pay more for that doorstep convenience.”