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Poundworld: as rivals flourish, what went wrong? Subscription

In a year punctuated by high street insolvencies, the biggest so far in job loss terms loomed this week as Poundworld appinted administrators 

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Poundworld founder Chris Edwards in talks to buy back stores Subscription

12 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The discounter collapsed into adminstration yesterday

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Poundworld collapses into administration Subscription

11 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Talks with potential buyer RCapital collapsed over the weekend, putting around 5,100 jobs at risk

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Poundland accelerates rollout of Pep&Co clothes to stores Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The variety discounter had already set a target of selling the range in 300 stores – but not until the end of the year…

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Poundworld buys time with intention to appoint administrators Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The process gives the chain 10 working days’ protection from creditors, after which an administrator will be appointed

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Aldi adds 'We Love Milk' nutritional labels to Cowbelle lines Subscription

06 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The new ‘We Love Milk’ label promotes the discounter’s Cowbelle brand as a source of protein, vitamins and minerals

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Prospective buyer of Poundworld reported to have withdrawn Subscription

06 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Alteri Investors pulled out of negotiations within the last 24 hours, according to Sky News

Lidl’s announcement follows rival discounter Aldi’s pledg to scrapping 5p bags

Discounter and online gains set to continue, predicts IGD Subscription

05 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Discounters predicted to see 36.7% growth by 2023

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Iceland offers more early morning/late evening online deliveries

04 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The retailer said it was adding 4,000 new slots across the country

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Iceland's Richard Walker backs 'One Plastic Free Day' plan

04 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The initiative has been organised by campaign group A Plastic Planet


Poundland wins Thameslink apology following Twitter row Subscription

31 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Train company described its poor service as Poundland cooking chocolate rather than Ferrero Rocher

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Aldi appoints Ben Shotter as MD of its Sheppey region

30 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Shotter previously held senior property and store operations roles before becoming group buying director in 2017

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Iceland opens first Norwegian food store

29 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The store in Asker, Greater Oslo opened on Wednesday, with a second set to open in Larvik, Vestfold county in June

Poundworld Merry Shopping Centre-web

Poundworld to close 117 stores by 31 August under terms of CVA Subscription

24 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

A document seen by The Grocer lays out details of a rescue plan for the ailing variety discounter, following a below expectation Christmas trading period and stock availability issues resulting from the loss of credit insurance for suppliers


Poundland links with Greencore for chilled food supply deal Subscription

21 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Previous chilled and fresh supplier Kerryfresh fell into administration in March

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Lidl explores new method of production label for UK meat

17 May 2018 | By Julia Glotz

The four-level labelling system is already live in Germany, where it has been well received by consumers

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Iceland to use new 'plastic free' mark on own brand packs

16 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Eggs, cottage pies and veggie burgers are due to be the first Iceland products to get the “plastic free” mark, designed by campaigners to make it easier for consumers to make informed choices on sustainable packaging

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Heron Foods to open 30 new stores this year Subscription

14 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The expansion plans follow the discounters takevover by B&M Retail last August

Poundworld Merry Shopping Centre-web

Poundworld set to close a third of its UK stores

26 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The discounter is reported to be planning the closure of c100 of its 335 UK stores, putting up to 1,500 jobs at risk

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Iceland's latest new-look store opens in Brixton Subscription

25 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The existing branch was given a £1m refurb including a redesigned fascia and frontage

Unicorn Poo

Poundland turns to Russia for Unicorn Poo advice

13 Apr 2018

The letter concerns the retailer’s actual ‘Unicorn Poo With Glitter’ product



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