POUNDLAND is reopening another 26 of its stores today after they shut during the coronavirus outbreak.
The discount retailer has kept a majority of its 800 shops open for essential shopping during lockdown, although it temporarily closed around 100 branches in March.
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The majority of these closed stores had another outlet close by or were in a shopping centre which faced difficulties remaining open.
But as lockdown measures are eased, Poundland is now welcoming shoppers to more stores.
The 26 branches, which will open their doors again today, come on top of the 51 stores Poundland reopened last week.
Poundland said it was working closely with shopping centre landlords to reopen the last of its 40 closed stores as soon as possible.
Which Poundland stores are reopening?
HERE’S which Poundland shops are reopening:
Reopening this week
- Barrow in Furness Hindpool Retail Park
- Bletchley Brunel Shopping Centre
- Carlisle Scotch Street
- Chester Old Sealand Retail Park
- Gateshead Team Valley Retail Park
- Hammersmith King Street
- Ilford The Mall
- King’s Lynn Vancouver Shopping Centre
- Luton 133 The Mall
- Newport Spytty Retail Park
- Nottingham Chilwell Retail Park
- Ormskirk Two Saints Retail Park
- Rotherham Parkgate Retail Park
- Selly Oak Retail Park
- Sutton Coldfield
- Swansea Fforestfach Retail Park
- Wick Retail Park
- Yardley Swan Shopping Centre
- York Monks Cross Retail Park
Reopened on May 21
- Inverness Retail Park
- Leicester Gallowtree Gate
- Newcastle Eldon Square
- Nottingham Wheeler Gate
- Poole High Street
Reopened on May 18
- Ayr Central Shopping Centre
- Basildon Eastgate Shopping Centre
- Belfast Castlecourt Shopping Centre, Northern Ireland
- Bootle Strand Shopping Centre
- Bradford Westfield Shopping Centre
- Chatham Pentagon Shopping Centre
- Colchester St Johns Shopping Centre
- Doncaster Wheatley Retail Park
- Eastleigh Swan Shopping Centre
- Enniskillen Erneside Shopping Centre, Northern Ireland
- Gateshead Metro Centre
- Great Yarmouth Regent Road
- Harrow St Anns Road
- Ipswich 26 Carr Street
- Kingston upon Thames, Wheatfield Way
- Lakeside Thurrock
- Lowestoft Britten Shopping Centre
- Maidstone Chequers Shopping Centre
- Mansfield Four Seasons Shopping Centre
- Milton Keynes Centre
- Newport Gwent Kingsway Centre
- Newry Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Northern Ireland
- Newry Quays Shopping Centre, Northern Ireland
- Northampton Gold Street
- Norwich Castle Mall
- Romford Brewery Retail Park
- Southend Royals Shopping Centre
- Sunderland High Street West
- Thurrock Lakeside
- Waltham Abbey Retail Park
- Wembley 492 High Road
You can find your nearest Poundland store by using its store locator tool.
Reopened stores have implemented new social distancing measures including security guards at the door to limit the number of customers at any one time and floor markers to help customers keep two metres apart.
Other measures in place include perspex screens to protect workers and customers and “rigorous hygiene routines”, which include workers washing their hands every 20 minutes and surfaces being wiped down every hour.
These measures are part of the guidelines businesses must abide by if they wish to reopen.
Managing director Barry Williams said: “As an essential retailer, we’ve continued to support customers in hundreds of towns – especially those who manage their budgets week-to-week and find it difficult to bulk buy.
“And our store colleagues have done much more than their day job.
“They’ve also played a vital role, delivering care packages to other frontline workers and those in need in their communities.
“But even though we’ve kept serving customers, we know we’re at our best as part of a vibrant thriving high street and that’s why we’re looking forward to our neighbours reopening in the coming weeks.
“Healthy town centres are the lifeblood of our economy and our communities.
“It may have been tough for many retailers before this crisis and it’s more important than ever that we make sure we encourage customers to say hi to their high streets as we return to business-as-unusual.”
Poundland is the latest store to reopen its doors after a series of careful reopenings from other shops and restaurants.
McDonald’s has reopened some branches for deliveries and drive-thrus after closing in March in response to pandemic.
While furniture giant Ikea plans to open its stores on June 1, although families will be banned.