POUNDLAND is closing 44 shops temporarily from this Sunday due to the third coronavirus lockdown.
The closures come after the retailer reported an 80% drop in customers visiting some stores.
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Poundland is ‘hibernating’ 44 of its storesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The rest of Poundland’s 800 stores in the UK will remain open as the retailer has been classed as an “essential” business.
You can see the full list of shops temporarily closing in the box below.
Poundland hasn’t said when it expects to reopen these sites.
But in the majority of locations where the budget retailer is closing stores, it says there is another branch nearby that will remain open.
Which Poundland shops will close from this Sunday?
THE following Poundland stores will temporarily close from this Sunday, January 10.
- Newark, St Marks Place
- Londonderry Ferryquay Street NI
- Grantham, Isaac Newton Centre,
- Kingston upon Thames Eden Walk
- Mansfield Four Seasons Shopping Centre
- Harlow Harvey Shopping Centre
- Lowestoft Britten Shopping Centre
- Colchester Culver Street
- Ipswich Sailmakers Shopping Centre
- Ayr High Street
- Norwich Castle Mall
- Workington Campbell-Savours Way
- Newmarket, The Guineas Shopping Centre
- Carlisle Scotch Street
- Luton 31 The Mall Shopping Centre
- Dumfries, Loreburne Shopping Centre
- Belfast Castlecourt Shopping Centre NI
- Glasgow Union Street
- Newry Buttercrane Shopping Centre NI
- Falkirk Howgate Shopping Centre
- Enniskillen Erneside Shopping Centre NI
- Edinburgh Princes Street
- Newry Quays Shopping Centre NI
- Perth St Johns Shopping Centre
- Inverness High Street
- Cardiff 121 Queens Street
- Kirkcaldy Mercat Shopping Centre
- Bridgwater Angel Place Shopping Centre
- Cramlington Manor Walks Shopping Centre
- Burnley 82 Charter Walk Shopping Centre
- Middlesbrough Captain Cook Square Shopping Centre
- Preston Fishergate Centre
- Durham Riverwalk Shopping Centre
- Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre
- Beverley Flemingate Shopping Centre
- Chester Frodsham Street
- Farnham The Borough
- Bootle Strand Shopping Centre
- Fareham Market Quay
- Solihull High Street
- Fareham Whiteley Shopping Centre
- Newcastle under Lyme Castle Walk
- Crewe Market St
- Merry Hill Shopping Centre
Poundland will place colleagues in temporarily closed stores on furlough “where appropriate”.
In the first 2020 lockdown, the retailer shut around 120 shops in March and was able to start reopening them from the end of May.
Poundland has been allowed to stay open throughout the coronavirus pandemic as it sells food, medicine and other important goods.
But customers are being reminded to only visit stores for essential products.
Shoppers will also have to follow strict social distancing rules, including limited numbers of people allowed inside at the same time.
Retailers who’ve been deemed “non-essential” – including ones that sell clothing, toys and homeware – have been ordered to shut during the third lockdown.
Austin Cooke, Poundland’s retail director said: “We learned valuable lessons during the lockdown in March about how buying patterns change as people stick to government advice to stay at home.
“Putting a small number of stores into hibernation helps protect them for the long term and focus our attention on the majority of stores that remain open to serve their neighbourhoods.
“We hope this lockdown is short and we can re-open our hibernating stores as quickly as possible and we remain grateful for the vital support schemes available to us that help protect jobs.”
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