Poundland to close 44 stores temporarily including Harvey Centre

POUNDLAND is closing 44 temporarily across the UK as of tomorrow despite being classed as an “essential retailer” by the Government. The company said the stores will be going into “hibernation” due to lack of footfall.

Poundland’s retail director Austin Cooke 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.”

Around 800 Poundland stores will stay open across the UK.

Poundland’s breifing read: “As an essential retailer, the vast majority of stores will remain open for business to serve their communities.

“The temporary measure reflects the 80 per cent drop in footfall at some shopping centres and high streets as the various lockdown rules in place across the UK take effect.

“As before, the move protects the business in the short-term, and helps ensure it’s well positioned once the UK emerges from the pandemic.

“In the first 2020 lockdown, Poundland hibernated around 120 stores in March and was able to start reopening them from the end of May.

“Hibernation allows it to focus colleagues in a slightly smaller number of locations and provide better service to communities in consolidated stores. In the majority of locations where Poundland is hibernating, there is another store that remains open nearby.

“Where appropriate, colleagues in hibernating stores will be placed on furlough, protecting those roles for the future.”

Full list of Poundland stores closing

  • Newark, St Marks Place
  • Londonderry Ferryquay Street NI
  • Grantham, Isaac Newton Centre,
  • Kingston upon Thames Eden Walk
  • Mansfield Four Seasons SC
  • Harlow Harvey Shopping Centre
  • Lowestoft Britten SC
  • Colchester Culver Street
  • Ipswich Sailmakers SC
  • Ayr High Street
  • Norwich Castle Mall
  • Workington Campbell-Savours Way
  • Newmarket, The Guineas SC
  • Carlisle Scotch Street
  • Luton 31 The Mall SC
  • Dumfries, Loreburne SC
  • Belfast Castlecourt SC NI
  • Glasgow Union Street
  • Newry Buttercrane SC NI
  • Falkirk Howgate SC
  • Enniskillen Erneside SC NI
  • Edinburgh Princes Street
  • Newry Quays SC NI
  • Perth St Johns SC
  • Inverness High Street
  • Cardiff 121 Queens Street
  • Kirkcaldy Mercat SC
  • Bridgwater Angel Place SC
  • Cramlington Manor Walks SC
  • Burnley 82 Charter Walk SC
  • Middlesbrough Captain Cook Square SC
  • Preston Fishergate Centre
  • Durham Riverwalk SC
  • Rochdale Exchange SC
  • Beverley Flemingate SC
  • Chester Frodsham Street
  • Farnham The Borough
  • Bootle Strand SC
  • Fareham Market Quay
  • Solihull High Street
  • Fareham Whiteley SC
  • Newcastle under Lyme Castle Walk
  • Crewe Market St
  • Merry Hill SC
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